Fun facts about Golf you probably didn't know
The youngest and oldest golfers ever to win the Masters Tournament are one in the same! In 1963, at age 23, Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Masters. In 1986 he became the tournament’s oldest winner when he won it for the sixth time at 46 years of age.
An American, Ab Smith, coined the term ‘birdie’ in 1899. Thrilled with his performance, he said it was a “bird of a shot.”
Golf balls travel significantly further in hot weather. The warmer the ball is, the more resilient the rubber becomes. The reason being, the warmer the golf ball the more elasticity it has, which causes the ball to leave the club with greater force.
Golf is the only professionally played sport in which the lowest score wins (with the exception of time-based racing games)
The longest ever pro golf drive was made in 1974 by Mike Austin. It travelled a massive 470 meters!
Similarly, the longest putt ever was an enormous 114 meters. Fergus Muir sank that one on the Eden Course in Scotland in 2001.
A regulation golf ball has 336 dimples.
The youngest golfer to ever sink a hole-in-one was from Littleton, Colorado, USA. His name is Coby Orr and he made the historic shot in 1975 at only five years of age.
The word ‘golf’ does NOT stand for ‘gentlemen only, ladies forbidden.’ That is an internet myth. In fact, about 23% of professional golfers are female.
Golf is very good exercise. A 79 Kilo man can burn 460 calories if he carries his clubs during an hour of play. On a nine-hole course, he can end up walking almost 4 km.