15 Interesting Golf Facts You Probably Didn’t Know… N7 Might Astound You!
With hundreds of years of history around the world, golf has undergone many changes and adapted to the world around it, resulting in the obliteration of many once-common facts about the game.
As a result, we decided to use our time machine to unearth some of the game’s most fascinating facts!
Continue reading to learn more fascinating golf facts and take a quiz to see how many you already know.
1.) Every year, over 125,000 golf balls are knocked into the water on Sawgrass’ notorious 17th hole! If you have snorkeling equipment and enjoy collecting golf balls, this should be on your bucket list.
2.) With the exception of the top golf pros, who have their fees paid by their sponsors, PGA players pay their own travel expenditures. (Thus Tiger’s private plane.)
3.) Originally, golf balls were formed of feathers wrapped in leather, before being replaced with wood balls and then the multiplayer balls we have today.
4.) On the moon, golf was one of only two sports played. The ball was struck with a 6 iron, and it is by far the farthest hit ever recorded… Once the ball has slowed down…
5.) There are currently over 34,000 golf courses in the world. (Fun fact: China outlawed the construction of new golf courses several years ago, yet they are still being built.) The architects cleverly ignore the fact that they are planning to create a golf course in the blueprints!)
6.) In 1457, Scottland founded modern golf.
7.) As a result, the Scottish government has forbidden golf on several occasions, claiming that it interferes with military training. (I’m not sure what they were talking about, but I’m at war with my slice, so I’m not sure what they were talking about…)
8.) With each drive, you have a 1 in 12,500 chance of hitting a hole-in-one, so keep going!
9.) Making two holes-in-one in a single round is a 1 in 67,000,000 chance.
10.) Aside from the one in space, the farthest drive ever recorded was 515 yards. What’s more amazing is that it was released in 1974!!
11.) Tiger Woods has earned over $100 million in tournament earnings, although his first professional tournament compensation was only $3,000.
12.) Tiger Woods hit his first hole in one when he was eight years old.
13.) Phil Michelson is a right-handed player. Imitating his father, he only recently learnt to play left-handed.
14.) Caddies got their start in France, when students would carry clubs for golfers in order to make some additional cash. The term “cadet” is derived from the French word “cadet,” which means “student.”
15.) The term “birdie” was inadvertently coined. Ab Smith, an American golfer, remarked in 1899 that he hit a “bird of a shot,” a term that quickly caught on and evolved into the contemporary term “birdie.”
“”What are your thoughts on these 15 strange facts? Do you know of any others that we should have included? Let us know in the comments!
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