Hole In One, Shootout & Putting Distance Requirements

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Wouldn’t it be great to give your golfers the chance to make a 2-yard putt for 1,000,000 dollars? Or how about a 10-yard hole in one? Decreasing the distance can increase any golfers’ chances of making a winning shot which is why we have rules in place in terms of allowable distance. Whether it’s a shootout, hole in one or putting contest, to be eligible for our golf contests, it needs to meet the minimum distance requirements. Each of our contests types has different requirements. They also vary for men and women. So to be clear, let’s see what is considered acceptable yardage for our contests. 

Hole in One Insurance Contests

In a hole in one contest, the minimum yardage required is 150 yards for men and 135 yards for women. If the hole you have selected is not quite at these numbers, most golf courses do have about ten years of extra space on their par 3’s which means that you can set the hole up to include that extra ten yards. Just move the hole back. If you are taking advantage of the free bonus prizes for your additional par 3 holes then there are different minimum hole requirements for that. In this case, there is a minimum yardage requirement of 130 yards for men and 115 for women. This type of bonus prize includes items like the Callaway irons, a smart TV or the roundtrip plane tickets for two.

Shootout Contests

For a shootout hole in one insurance contest, the yardage distance is a bit larger. This is because when you are conducting a shootout contest it is usually for a larger sum of money like $1,000,000. For men, the distance is 165 yards and for the women, it is 150 yards. Please also note that the shootout shot(s) do not need to occur on a par 3 hole. You can simply set-up the shot at least 165 yards out from the hole on a par 4. Many groups choose this option and place the shootout shot on the 9th or 18th hole because it allows those who are not taking the shot the ability to watch from the clubhouse or cocktail area.

Putting Contests

For our single putt contests, we offer two distance options only: either 40ft or 50 ft for men and women. For our progressive putting, the distance starts at 10ft then progresses to 30ft and 50ft. 

According to Golf Digest, golfers average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers. Even though golfers go the distance with their swing, we want to make sure our distance for a hole in one is fair and obtainable for all golfers whether amateur or pro. If you have any additional questions regarding the yardage requirements for our contests give us a call at 888-882-5440.

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