Golf originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland, in an area close to the royal capital of Edinburgh. In those early days players would attempt to hit a pebble over sand dunes and around tracks using a bent stick or club.
The popularity of the game quickly spread throughout 16th century in Europe. While, the game officially became a sport when the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith formed the first club in 1744 and set up an annual competition with silverware prizes. The rules for this new competition were drafted by Duncan Forbes.
Here are some interesting facts which you might not be aware about the sport:
- The game of Golf was invented over 500 years ago in Scotland, however it is claimed that the Chinese developed a similar game as far back as 943 A.D.
- The world’s longest golf course is the international golf club which located in Massachusetts. The course has a length of about 7600 meters.
- The first golf balls used in the 16th century are believed to have been made out of wood.
- The longest putt ever was a huge 375 feet by Fergus Muir in November 6, 2001 at St Andrews.
- The longest hole-in-one record has stood since March 1961 when Lou Kretlow aced the 427 yard 16th hole at Lake Hefner course, Oklahoma City, USA.
- About 25% of the golfers in the world are women.
- Coby Orr is the youngest golfer to make a hole-in-one. In 1975, at just 5 years of age he achieved every golfer’s dream on a par 3 in Littleton, Colorado.
- The number of dimples on a golf ball is either 336 for an American ball or 330 for a British ball.
- The first official golf rules were established in Edinburgh by the Gentleman Golfers of Leith.
- Golf is the only sport played on the moon. On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard hit two golf balls while on the lunar surface.