Otterly unbelievable – Fred’s 10th hole in one

Fred Otter of Gainsborough Golf Club
Fred Otter of Gainsborough Golf Club

A Gainsborough golfer has thanked lady luck, after claiming a remarkable 10th hole in one.

Retired cabinet maker Fred Otter found the 17th hole at Gainsborough Golf Club’s Karsten Lakes while playing in the Scholes Trophy.

North Notts Lions annual golf day at Gainsborough Golf Club. Fred Otter on the 18th green G110810-4g

North Notts Lions annual golf day at Gainsborough Golf Club. Fred Otter on the 18th green G110810-4g

Otter, a former captain of the club, plays at least five times a week and modestly put his hole in one habit down to good fortune.

He said: “I’ve just had more luck than most.”

“It was great to see it go in, most of my playing partners knew my aim was to get my 10th and they were pleased for me.”

The 73-year-old joined Gainsborough Golf Club 46 years ago, and became captain in 2010.

“I played cricket up until I was 28, and then a friend started playing golf so I thought I’d give it a go and I got hooked.”

“I play a lot of golf now I’m retired, I average about five times per week.”

“I think my wife Betty is pleased to get rid of me every morning.”

Otter plays off a six handicap, and has been in good form this year with one victory and a second place to his credit.

With such a knack for finding the hole off the tee on par threes, it’s no wonder he’s part of Gainsborough’s ‘Hole in One Club.’

Sally Robinson from the club explained: “Fred loves his golf and plays almost every day.”

“They generally buy a bottle of spirits if they get a hole in one, and there’s a ‘Hole in One Club’ where they all put in a few pounds every year that covers them for a bottle behind the bar.”

“His 10th hole in one was at the 17th, over the water, it’s all carry to the green.”

The 17th is fast becoming Otter’s favourite on Karsten Lakes, as his ninth hole in one occurred there three years ago.

Most golfers would love to see a shot off the tee drop into the hole just once in their lifetime, and while Otter did target number 10, he’s happy to rest on his incredible record.

“Since I got my seventh my ambition was to get 10,” he said.

“If any more come along it’s all well and good.”