DID YOU KNOW Golf Tales Tidbits Factoids 2

by Adam Lazarus

A colorful collection of golf tales and tidbits, funny stories,factoids and some legends and lore about the game of golf and its rich history!

Water hazard.

Golfers plunk over 125,000 golf balls a year into the water on the famous 17th hole Par 3 of The famous 17th hole Par 3 of The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

They can take our lives, but they’ll never take our…golf clubs?

Did you know that golf was actually banned in Scotland, the birthplace of the game, from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn’t waste time when they were supposed to be preparing for an English invasion?

Watch the birdie.

The golf term “birdie”, meaning one under par, comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing a round in 1899, he hit what he described as a “bird of a shot”, which soon became the term “birdie” over time.

All about golf balls.

Did you know that Americans currently spend more than $600 million a year on golf balls alone? And though it’s believed that the first golf ball ever used back in Scotland was made out of wood, the first “mass produced” golf balls were made of thin leather stuffed with feathers – tightly-packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest and these feather balls were used until 1848.

Hole-in-one…again?

As if the odds of making a hole-in-one in your lifetime weren’t difficult enough, did you know that the chances of making two holes-in-one in the same round of golf are 1 in 67 million?

Full moon?

Use a full wedge. Did you know that there are actually three golf balls currently on the moon hit by golf loving Astronauts during the various Apollo missions?

Record setter.

Did you know that the first Professional to record a 59 on the US Pro Tour was Al Geiberger on June 10, 1977, in the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at the Colonial Country Club. His round included 11 birdies, one eagle and just 23 putts. The score was eventually equaled by Chip Beck, and more recently David Duval.

Phil’s feat.

Did you know that Phil Mickelson’s 2001 TV commercial that features his famous “backward flop” shot, in which Mickelson, his back to the green, hits the ball backward over the head of a company’s CEO, and into the cup, required only three takes?

Women and golf.

Did you know that in 1586, a woman played golf for the first time? The first woman to ever pick up a club – the queen of Scotland – Maria Stuart. Now, women represent almost 23% of all the golfers worldwide!

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