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Golf Trivia and other interesting golf facts


Golf Trivia and some interesting facts about the sport;

Golf will again be played at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games, the last time golf was played in the Olympics was in 1904.

Tiger Woods holds the world record for the most weeks in the worlds top10 golfers list, a total of 860 weeks.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million!

Tiger Woods bagged his first ace at the tender age of eight years old.

Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left handed golf clubs ever since.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball

Balls travel significantly further on hot days. A golfer swinging a club at around 100 mph will carry the driver up to eight yards longer for each increase in air temperature of 25°F.

The longest golf course in the world is the par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts which measures a fearsome 8325 yards

The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.

The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. It measures an incredible 909 yards.

The driver swing speed of an average lady golfer is 62mph; 96mph for an average LPGA professional; 84mph for an average male golfer; 108mph for an average PGA Tour player; 130mph for Tiger Woods; 148-152mph for a national long drive champion.

The first golf balls were made of thin leather stuffed with feathers. Tightly-packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest. Feather balls were used until 1848.

The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was Coby Orr, who was five years old at the time. It happened in Littleton, Colorado, in 1975

8% of golfers are women

Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn't waste time when preparing for an English invasion.

The term birdie comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing 1899, he played what he described as a "bird of a shot", which became "birdie" over time.

Don't feel bad about your high handicap - 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18