Golfer eyeing British record after 408-yard wonder strike
By James Dobbin
Kent fishmonger Peter Vickerman is aiming to hook a new record for Britain’s longest ever hole-in-one after holing his tee shot on a whopping 408-yard, par-four.
Vickerman produced his moment of magic during a club competition at his home course, Littlestone Golf Club, to not only win the opportunity to cement his name in the record books but also receive a limited-edition BOSS watch to commemorate the achievement.
Vickerman, 48, from St Mary’s Bay, achieved the monster ace with his driver on the course’s feared 408-yard, par-four 11th – and, if corroborated, the 12-handicapper’s ace is set to dwarf the record currently held.
The R&A Golfer’s Handbook quotes the existing record as having been set in 1972 by assistant professional Peter Parkinson at West Lancashire, on the 393-yard seventh hole, but Vickerman was just happy to have had a hole-in-one.
He said: “It was an extremely windy day and I knew I’d caught this particular drive, ‘out of the screws’; with a gradual draw, it flew towards the green.
“After despairingly looking around the green area for my ball, my opponent went towards the flag and said that there was a ball at the bottom of the cup. He asked me what I was playing with and I told him it was a Titleist Pro V1X with my initial’s ‘P.V.’ just above the logo.
“Of course, I didn’t really care what happened after that, but still went on to win the Coronation Cup.”
Vickerman has been playing golf for 15 years and plays regularly, at least two to three times a week, and had scored two aces previously.
The fish trader hooked his hole-in-one trio in the past 30 months and recorded all of them at Littlestone: he scored his first on its 278-yard, par-four 13th; his second on its 182-yard, par-three 17th; and then went on to complete his hat-trick with his 408-yard British record contender.
He said: “There is no secret to getting a hole-in-one. Every golfer hits the ball with the intention of getting it near to or in the hole – it’s just luck.”