The chances of spotting an albatross are rare. Birdies are common, eagles are impressive, albatrosses are incredible. In fact, you're more likely to see a hole in one than an albatross. Yes, we are talking about golf rather than birdwatching.
The chance to score three under par on one hole is something that amateurs can only dream of. Striking a shot so pure from sometimes over 200 yards that it drops perfectly into the hole, can causes mass celebrations, including some dodgy dancing (check entry number three) and possibly a special hug from your caddie.
The accuracy is something to behold, the level of skill (and luck) required make it even more perfect to see. The look of anticipation then shock just adds to the drama. Managing to decorate your scorecard with the beauty can fire any player back into contention of winning any championship.
The earliest albatross on the record was hit by Young Tom Morris in 1870 at the Open Championship at Prestwick in Scotland.
The chances of scoring one on the local golf course is slim, but don't be too disheartened. One of the best players in the world just now, Tiger Woods has never hit one in a competition. So there's still hope.
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