Hole-in-one for Harris: 6-year-old lands golf’s Holy Grail at Callander Golf Club
Many golfers go through their entire lives without ever getting a hole-in-one – but six-year-old Callander Golf Club member Harris Inglis has already achieved the sport’s hardest feat.
Harris, a member of the club’s Junior section, watched his shot from the blue tees at the third hole drop into the cup for his first-ever ace.
The Balquhidder youngster was playing in a practice round with his proud dad, Webster, and his friends Alfie, Callum, Calvin and Josh, ahead of next week’s end-of-season competition which will pit the Juniors against their parents and coaches.
He’s thought to be the youngest golfer to ever achieve a hole-in-one at Callander.
Harris said: “When I got the hole-in-one it made me super happy. All my friends cheered and said it was crazy.
“I’m going to keep my lucky ball forever, it’s now my favourite.
“I love playing golf at Callander.”
Harris Inglis celebrates his hole-in-one.
Webster said: “I’m so proud of Harris. He first took an interest in golf when he was two years old. He loves golf and loves being part of the Junior section at Callander.
“Harris was literally jumping for joy and beaming with happiness when the ball dropped into the cup; there were high-fives and fist-bumps all around the tee.
“He’s taken great pleasure in achieving a hole-in-one before his dad – and his granddad Gordie, who didn’t achieve one until he was 70!”
Harris has been a regular attendee at Callander’s fortnightly coaching sessions, offered to all Juniors as part of their membership package.
Under the guidance of Allan Martin, former Head Professional at the club and now PGA Coach Education Manager, dozens of local children have honed their skills this year – although Harris is the first to record a hole-in-one.
Allan said: “When the club asked me to deliver junior coaching sessions last year, Harris was at the front of the queue.
“Like many of the children he hardly misses a session.
“Anyone watching would think them chaotic, and they’d be right – but it’s organised chaos, with an emphasis on learning golf by having fun.
“Harris’ hole-in-one is a lesson to us all: that in a welcoming environment, with the opportunity to practice, special moments do happen.
“I’m very proud of Harris and all the other Juniors, helpers, parents and guardians. Without their support, the club would not have witnessed this achievement from one so young.”
Harris on the third tee at Callander.
Further info on Callander Golf Club
Callander Golf Club is a community-focused club located in the Trossachs, just a few minutes’ walk from Callander town centre.
Designed by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1890, it is widely regarded as one of the most scenic golf courses in Scotland with stunning views of Ben Ledi.
A new clubhouse, Old Tom’s Rest, opened in May, and the club welcomed more than 70 new members in 2023, including over 30 Juniors.
The club is carrying out a range of improvements, with the next aim being to improve the practice facilities with the ultimate goal of returning to a spot in Scotland’s top 100 courses, while also providing a warm welcome to golfers, walkers, cyclists and everyone who passes through.
The club now has a purpose-built area which better reflects the size of the membership and provision required for the modern golfer.
The Junior section now comprises around 50 young people from Callander and the surrounding area, with access to regular coaching included in their membership package.