Fun Facts About Golf

I decided to dig up some interesting and fun facts about golf. With all the record breaking plays lately on Tour I wanted to check out a little bit more about golf’s history. Also I recently learned that August is National Golf Month, that’s right this whole month is dedicated to the game we all love…Golf.

  • Originally golf balls were stuffed with feathers. The tighter packed the feathers, the further the ball would fly. This type of ball was used until 1848.
  • Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn’t waste time when preparing for the English invasion.
  • Between 1990 and 2003, developers built more than 3,000 new golf courses in the United States, bringing the total to about 16,000.
  • There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. A dimpled golf ball can travel up to four times farther than smooth-surfaced golf balls.
  • The term birdie comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing in 1899, he played what he descried as a “bird of a shot”, which became “birdie” over time.
  • Tiger Woods made his first ace at the age of eight years old
  • When golf was first played professionally there were only 13 rules. Now there are 34.
  • There are currently 2 golf balls sitting on the moon.
  • About 25% of golfers are women.
  • The world’s highest golf course is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.
  • The odds of making a hole-in-one are 3,000 to 1 for a tour pro, 5,000 to 1 for a low-handicapper and 12,000 to 1 for an average player. (According to a study by Golf Digest in 2000)
  • The youngest player to score a hole-in-one was Jake Paine in 2001; he was 3 and aced a 65-yard hole in Lake, Forest California.
  • 1947 was the first televised golfing event at the U.S. Open in St. Louis.
  • The most expensive course to play a round of golf at is Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada with a price tag of $500 per round.
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  3. Vegas Bob says:

    “There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.” Is not a fact.
    There are no rules regulating the number of dimples on a golf ball. The number one ball on tour the Titleist Pro V1 has 352 dimples and its sister the Pro V1x has 328.
    The two basic rules for balls are a minimum size 1.68″ in diameter and weight of no more than 1.62 oz.

  4. Troy Vayanos says:

    It’s interesting because a man in Brisbane, Australia the other day had 2 hole in ones in the one round. They said the odds of doing this were like 100 million to one.

    For $500 a round I would like to think that course in Las Vegas is pretty special.

    Thanks for sharing.

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