There’s certainly nothing wrong with having some pop culture knowledge up your sleeve. This is especially true about the sport of golf. As one of the oldest sports in the world, golf’s history is quite rich and varied. There are details about its history that are still up for debate, but it’s quite evident that it has already made an indelible imprint on society. So today, we have a massive list of golf facts that you probably never heard of.
Knowing these golf facts can make you look like a real connoisseur, even if your game is nothing to write home about. With that said, let’s move on to some interesting facts about golf.
Fun Golf Facts You Probably Don’t Know
- The word “caddy” comes from the French word “cadet” which means student. “Cad-Day” is the correct pronunciation.
- There’s a 12,500 to 1 chance of making a hole-in-one. Making two holes in one in a single round are approximately 67 million to 1. Getting hit by lightning is a far better chance.
- Modern-day golf as we know it has originated in Scotland during the 15th century.
- Golf, along with javelin throw, is the only sport that was played on the moon. Back on February 6, 1971, Alan Shephard of the Apollo 14 hit a ball one-handed using his 6-iron.
- Feeling sorry for your high handicap? Don’t worry because 80% of golfers will never have a handicap of less than 18.
- Golf allows only 14 clubs in a golfer's bags at one time during a round.
- Back in the day, women get to have fun too. It was January 9, 1811, at Musselburgh, Scotland when the first-ever women’s golf tournament was held. The winner received a fishing basket while the two runner-ups won a silk scarf.
- Making a hole in one on a par-five is called a condor and has only been verified four times.
- In 1975, Coby Orr of Littleton, Colorado is the youngest player to have made a hole in one. He was five years of age.
Fun golf facts featuring celebrities
- Tiger was eight years old when he made his first hole in one.
- Phil Mickelson is a well-known left-handed golfer although he’s in fact, right-handed. Phil, as a child, studied his father while playing. It then shaped his own game. He never used right-handed club during his golfing career.
- Mike Austin made the most extended ever professional golf drive in 1974. The ball traveled at an impressive 470 meters.
- Actor Samuel Jackson is a big golf enthusiast. He has a contract clause that he must be allowed to play golf twice a week whenever he shoots a movie.
- We all know her for massive hits like “The Power of Love” and “My Heart Will Go On” but did you know that Celine Dion is a huge golf fan? Not only that, but she also owns a course, the Le Mirage Golf Club.
Fun facts about golf courses
- It is in Morococha, Peru where you can find the highest golf course in the world. The Tactu Golf Club sits 14,335 feet above sea level. The players suffered conditions like altitude sickness and nosebleeds leading to the course closing in 1993.
- In America, making a hole in one means buying a round of drinks for your buddies. However, in Japan, golfers face the necessity of getting a hole in one insurance. Having insurance means that the lucky golfer can afford the cost of food and drinks for the celebration. Not so bad for an annual payment of $65 for $3,000 of food and beverages – that is if you make that shot.
- If you walked on a typical 18-hole golf course instead of riding the cart, you would approximately walk four miles. Yup, golf is a good exercise alright.
- The most extensive golf course is the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzen, China. It is a twelve-course 18-hole course resort with a total of 216 holes. On the other hand, the world’s longest golf course is the Nullarbor Links in Eyre Highway, Australia. It is an 18-hole par 73 golf course along the 1,365 kilometers of the Eyre Highway. The average distance between holes is 66 kilometers.
Fun facts about golf balls
- Golf balls travel faster during hot weather. The hotter the weather, the more resilient the rubber becomes which increases the ball’s elasticity.
- A regulation golf ball has 336 dimples. The dimples are designed to reduce turbulence and allow the ball to travel further.
- Golf balls were originally made from leather and stuffed with chicken or goose feathers. After feathers, golf balls were then made of wood.
And that wraps up our list of golf facts. So did you manage to learn something new about the sport? Do you have fun trivia that you can share? Let us know in the comments.
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