20 Facts You Didn't Know About Golf

Published 16/08/2008 14:15:47

Swat up on your golfing knowledge with these facts and trivia about the great game.

  1. 125,000 golf balls a year are hit into the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass (pictured).
  2. The longest drive ever is 515 yards. The longest putt ever is a monstrous 375 feet
  3. 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.
  4. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.
  5. Tiger Woods snagged his first ace at the tender age of eight years old.
  6. 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.
  7. The longest golf course in the world is the par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts which measures a fearsome 8325 yards
  8. 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. 
  9. 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. 
  10. The largest bunker in the world is Hell's Half Acre on the 585-yard 7th hole of the Pine Valley Course in New Jersey. 
  11. The largest golfing green is that of the 695-yard, 5th hole, a par 6 at the International Golf Club in Massachusetts, with an area in excess of 28,000 square feet.
  12. 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.
  13. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 22.8% of golfers are women. Source

  17. Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn't waste time when preparing for an English invasion
  18. 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.
  19. The word golf does not mean "Gentleman Only, Ladies Forbidden". This is an internet myth. Read more here 
  20. Don't feel bad about your high handicap -80%  of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18 .
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1.  some interesting golf facts

comment by Dave Jones - 03/06/2009 10:25

2.  so sexy a

comment by Selena Craig - 14/09/2009 15:38

3.  Agree with Galvin about the handicaps

Also the gentlemen only thing is still going round like it's true - make that big letters

comment by Mekes - 03/04/2010 17:54

4.  Some useful facts for golfers. Do you know how many golf courses there are in the UK?

comment by Paul Scott - 06/10/2010 13:22

5.  I am really lucky for share this discussion. I am beginner of golf sport. I have no such idea before. Recently, I purchased an e-book of GOLF BEGINNER GUIDE. There are very easy steps which is very important to understand everyone.

comment by Jhon Franklin - 04/03/2011 09:30

6.  good

comment by benedict - 20/04/2011 08:51

7.  Golf IS FUN!H0r(n(Ie as

comment by Carlo - 29/04/2011 02:19

8.  Excellent facts here!


comment by Ian - 29/08/2012 20:58

9.  Interesting facts!

comment by TGC - 11/09/2012 18:40

10.  Never new that about Phil, actually being right handed. Good golf facts.

comment by Jeff - 27/08/2013 22:50

11.  125,000 balls a year?! I thought it would be alot more to be honest!

comment by Buy Used Golf Balls - 24/08/2014 22:39

12.  Great facts! Golf is always evolving - I am certain this list can be extended in the next 10 years with some future golf clubs!

comment by Foxhills - 02/10/2014 13:19

13.  We should send our divers to the 17th at Sawgrass! I'd love to play that hole one day!

comment by Bill - 31/10/2014 20:17

14.  I had a very long and intriguing conversation about the number of dimples on a regulated golf ball! Looks like I was right and my friend was way of when he estimated 70 dimples!

comment by Martin - 11/02/2015 10:34

15.  Interesting facts such as the game of golf itself.

comment by Daily Sports USA - 23/02/2015 19:27

16.  hi

comment by john - 30/03/2015 13:51

17.  did you know that golf is great

comment by daily planet - 27/01/2016 17:12

18.  Did you also know that Tiger Woods is 6'11" tall? I thought you should know

comment by Christine - 10/01/2018 11:12

19.  Amazing facts.

comment by Best Golf Rangefinder review - 01/08/2019 11:18

20.  So interesting facts

comment by Craig S Markham - 20/01/2020 12:18

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