Golf is one of the oldest and most played sports in the world. Unsurprisingly, there are a great deal of interesting and fun facts floating around about the sport.
- The first golf course was The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland. Considered the oldest golf course in the world, it is commonly known as ‘The Home of Golf.’
- Le Mirage Golf Club in Quebec is owned by singer, Celine Dion.
- There are nearly 40,000 golf courses in the world. Australia has just over 1,600 golf courses.
- The longest golf course in the world is the Nullarbor Links in outback Australia. It has a length of 1,365km from Ceduna in South Australia to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia.
- The first golf course to use 18 holes was built on a sheep farm.
- The term ‘green’ in golf only refers to that particular area of the golf course, not the colour.
- The bar area of a golf course is called the 19th
China’s government placed a ban on building new golf courses many years ago. To get around this, developers don’t mention the golf courses in their proposed plans, so golf courses are still being built in cities and local communities around China.
- The most expensive golf course in the United States is the Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. An 18-hole round of golf costs $500 USD. It is known for its celebrity sightings and is ranked as one of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses.
- The first golf balls were made of feathers wrapped in leather. They were used until the mid 1800’s and flew much further than the balls that came after. After feathers, golf balls were made of wood.
- A golf ball can have between 300 and 500 dimples on its surface.
- A golf ball is more likely to travel further in Summer than in Winter. The condition of the course due to weather has an impact but temperature also plays a part. The air is denser on colder days which can make the ball drag whereas on warmer days there is less air density for the ball to fight against.
- Golf was banned in Scotland three times after it was invented because the Scottish government believed it was interfering with military training.
- The oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship which was founded in 1860.
- Golf was the first and one of the only sports played on the moon. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. of Apollo 14 used a 6-iron to play golf on the moon!
- The average golfer has a 1 in 12, 500 chance of making a hole-in-one during a game of golf.
- The chances of making two hole-in-ones in a single game of golf is 1 in 67 million.
- A ‘condor’ is term given to a hole-in-one on a par 5. It is almost as rare as two hole-in-ones in a single game of golf.
- Before golf tees became popular in the 1920’s, players would shape mounds of sand and place the golf ball on top.
- The longest putt was 375 feet.
- The record for the longest hole-in-one is 427 yards, achieved by Lou Kretlow in 1961.
- The first round of women’s golf was played in 1811 in Musselburgh, Scotland.
- Professional golfer, Tiger Woods has won 77 PGA tournaments to date.
- Tiger Woods made his first hole-in-one at the age of eight.
- Almost 80% of golfers will never have a handicap under 18.
- One of the most famous left-handed players in the world, Phil Mickleson is actually right-handed. As a young boy, he mimicked his father’s golf swing and had so much success that he decided to keep playing left-handed!
- The youngest golfer ever recorded to successfully hit a hole-in-one was five years old.
- Retired professional golfer, Jack Nicklaus won the Masters Tournament six times, currently holding the record for the most Masters wins.
Other Fun Facts
- Most professional golfers will have a golf caddy. The term caddy comes from the French word ‘cadet’ meaning youngest child.
- Actor, Samuel L Jackson is a keen golfer. When he takes on a movie role, he makes sure there is a clause in his contract that allows him to play golf twice a week while filming.
While these interesting and fun facts may not help improve your golf game, they will definitely provide interesting conversation at your next round of golf.