Australian golf clubs

 employ numerous methods of recording aces. Some maintain the expansive practise of name/date/hole, while other clubs list either name/date or name/hole. Another sub–group of clubs record name only. Regardless of any club’s style preference, a golfer’s first name may not see the light of day; clubs just as often make do with a golfer’s first initial, allied to a surname. With all of the above, prevailing wisdom may be dictated by available board space, or what’s been done since institution.

More than a few golf clubs confided that they have seriously considered dispensing with hole-in-one honour boards (and other boards), lest they interfere with progressive plans to update the clubhouse décor. And various golf clubs did abandon their honour boards years ago only to re-institute them recently. The purpose of this preamble is to put the archival data into perspective, and to partially excuse the ‘state-of-play’. One can only publish what is supplied, and clubs can only supply what adorns the honour boards, or what lies partially under rubble in the old archives.

Missing listings

Spared the pressure of making the initial publication flawless, the objective, therefore, has been to minimise the amount of ‘missing’ listings. This amplifies the requirement for an early update, and it materialises via The Register’s proposed five-yearly update in 2012. That publication is earmarked for two reasons: namely, to expand this edition by inviting club personnel and individual golfers to provide further details, and to incorporate data arising from the first two HIO Biennials that follow the initial Register.

The proposed Triennial & Biennials (2006/2007/2008 and 2009/2010) will serve as a ‘treat’ for golfers who achieve aces in these two-year periods. And so, the HIO format is to produce three publications, commencing with this one (1895–31 December 2005). The other two publications are ongoing. The names of the golfers who achieved aces in 2006 will not appear in the initial publication but will appear in the first biennial. One has to start somewhere, and given that it took eighteen months to prepare the manuscript … well, perhaps that’s enough justification.

This publication is highly inclusive. It is not sexist, nor ageist, and not just an outlet for private club golfers, either. The Register acknowledges the feats of amateur and professional golfers, alike, regardless of whether they are male or female, juniors or seniors.

Social Golfers

We are also pleased to honour the achievements of social golfers. The pages are well represented by social golfers who belong to official social golf clubs and commence their competition rounds with a card, pencil and designated marker, plus, of course, a good dollop of hope.