Golf Fun Facts
For all of our golf enthusiasts, we’ve compiled some fun facts about golf:
- The longest recorded drive was a whopping 515 yards.
- The first 18-hole golf course was on a sheep farm.
- Golf was played on the moon – On February 6, 1967 Alan Bartlett “Al” Shepard, Jr. performed a one-handed swing with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low-gravity atmosphere.
- It is pretty widely accepted that modern day golf was invented during the year 1457 in Scotland. The Chinese, however, claim to have invented a similar game during the Song dynasty as far back as 943 A.D.
- Tiger Woods made his first hole-in-one at the age of eight.
- The first round of women’s golf was played in the year 1811 in Musselburgh, Scotland.
- The first golf balls were made of chicken or goose feathers wrapped in leather. Later, golf balls were made of wood.
- Golf tees were popularized in the 1920s. Before golf tees, golfers would shape mounds of sand to place the golf balls on.
- The term “birdie” was coined accidentally by Ab Smith who hit a “bird of a shot” in 1889.
- A score of three under par is called an “Albatross”.
- 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.
- The French word “cadet” means “youngest child” and is where the word caddy was derived from.
- Only 20% of golfers have a handicap below 18.
- The chances of making two holes-in-one in a single round of golf are one in 67 million!
- A golf ball will travel further on hot days, because the air is less dense, so it takes less velocity to travel.