Golf News for Friday, February 9, 2007 | People

Brett Melson of Hawaii records longest hole-in-one in history

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The golf industry’s premier golf college, the San Diego Golf Academy proudly announces that Bret Melson, an accomplished student at SDGA Hawaii Campus, has set a new world record for the longest hole-in-one ever scored. Melson aced the 448-yard, par 4 at the Ko’olau Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii, and his amazing story can now be viewed at .

“I think every golfer dreams of acing a hole at least once in his or her lifetime, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about acing that particular par 4,” says Melton. “I knew the ball had reached the green, but when my friends and I got up there, we couldn’t find it. We looked for 15 minutes and I was totally shocked to find it at the bottom of the cup.”

The Ko’olau Golf Club is notorious as being the toughest golf course in the world and it is the home course of the SDGA Hawaii Campus. With a slope rating of 158 and a course rating of 74.4 from the gold tees, the 448-yard hole is also rated by the club as the ‘toughest hole’ on the course. Its deep hardpan bunkers, sloping fairways, deep ravines and the surrounding thick jungle make it a golfer’s nightmare. Melson is the first person ever to ace the hole.

Previously, the longest straight shot hole in one in golf history was hit by Robert Mitera on October 7, 1965 at the Miracle Hills Golf Club in Omaha, Neb., where he used his driver to ace the 10th hole from 444 yards.

“SDGA would like to recognize and congratulate Bret on his tremendous achievement,” says Rob Nelson, Campus Director of SDGA – Honolulu. “We wish Bret the best of luck in the future, although it appears he has plenty of that already.”

Founded in 1974, the San Diego Golf Academy (SDGA) is the oldest and most respected two-year golf college in the world and features a comprehensive curriculum that includes everything from business law to club repair. Founded in 1974, San Diego Golf Academy is a two-year golf school that helps take golfers’ skills to the next level while preparing them for a rewarding and successful golf career.

SDGA offers a 16-month program of golf instruction and golf business management on five campus locations in major golf markets — Phoenix, Honolulu, Myrtle Beach, Orlando and San Diego. The SDGA is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.

For more information on the San Diego Golf Academy, please call 800.342.7342, email or visit .

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., the San Diego Golf Academy is the oldest and most-respected two-year golf college in the world. SDGA’s 16-month program balances classroom studies, practical experience and comprehensive understanding of the business of golf. For more information, call 800.342.7342 or visit