I have one. It was more than 20 years ago, so I’m starting to feel like maybe I’m due.
If it does end up being the only one I ever make, I will always have the satisfaction of knowing that I called it before it happened. As we walked up to the 16th tee, I saw where the pin was and for some reason I said out loud to the guys I was playing with (two old friends and a coworker in from out of town) “someone is making a hole in one here.”
It was my home course at the time (Riverton CC), and my buddies were seeing it for the first time. The hole was cut in the front left of a two tiered green in a spot where the two dominant slopes would tend to funnel a good shot. I told them to play to the center of the green (past the pin) and use the slope. There is a huge tree behind the green that stands over the 17th tee, hit it into the slope in line with that tree.
It was 156. I hit a 7 iron that landed on the square inch I was aiming for. From there it was just a matter of time. As that ball took the slope and started heading for the hole, those guys started cheering for it. When we saw it drop they lost their minds. I was quiet. I never said anything like "go in!, or be good - I just stood there watching it roll. When it went in, I didn’t say anything, I just put my arms up - all completely involuntary.
I wrote all the details on the ball (date, hole, distance, club) and had the guys initial it. It’s on a shelf in my office, and I bring it to our fantasy football draft every year for good luck (and because my two buddies hate it).