While most people are familiar with the general concept of golf, we’re going to share 10 fun golf facts that you probably didn’t know.
#1. The biggest golf course in the world is Mission Hills
Mission Hills Shenzhen is a twelve course 18-hole course golf resort, located in the town of Guanlan in Shenzhen, between the cities of Shenzhen and Dongguan.
It is accredited as the world’s largest golf facility by the Guinness World Records in 2004, surpassing the Pinehurst Resort in the United States.
#2. Longest Recorded Drive was 515 Yards
English-American pro golfer Michael Hoke Austin is credited with making the longest drive. While playing in the U.S. National Seniors Tournament at the Winterwood Golf Course in Las Vegas in 1974, Hoke drove the ball a mind-boggling 515 yards, blasting it 65 yards past the flag on the par-4 fifth.
PGA champion Chandler Harper, Hoke’s foursome teammate, said “This is impossible, but there is a ball over here.”
Austin’s golf swing, known as The Mike Austin Swing, is practiced and taught by current golf professionals.
#3. First 18-Hole Course was on a Sheep Farm
Chicago Golf Club is considered the oldest 18-hole course in North America. Businessman and golf lover Charles Blair McDonald moved to Downer’s Grove, Illinois in 1892 and began constructing the course with his colleagues. The Downer’s Grove Golf Course is still intact after all of these years, although its since been downsized to 9 holes.
#4. The First Golf Balls Were Made Out of Wood and then Feathers
The first golf balls from the 14th Century were made out of wood, specifically beech, by carpenters using hand tools. A typical wooden ball would only last for a few games before it needed to be replaced. They weren’t perfectly round and it’s safe to assume that they sucked.
The 17th Century saw the slight design improvement of the feathery, a leather ball stuffed with bird feathers and stitched shut. Due to the extensive labor and materials required, a single feathery ball would often cost the modern day equivalent of $10-$20!
#5. Golf Was Played on The Moon
Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, Jr. was the first American astronaut in space, but today he’s almost as well known as the first — and so far, only — person to hit a golf ball on the Moon.
On February 6, 1971, Shepard turned the Apollo 14 landing site into a driving range. He performed a one-handed swing with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low-gravity atmosphere.
#6. Two Holes in One- Odds Are Not in Your Favor
The chances of making two holes-in-one in a single round of golf are one in 67 million!
In 2013, Oakland University junior Kassandra Komma shot two aces — in the same round!!
#7. Youngest hole-in-one was made by a 4-year old
The youngest golfer to hit a hole-in-one is Christian Carpenter (USA) born June 6, 1995, aged 4 years old 195 days at the Mountain View Golf Club, Hickor, North Carolina, USA on December 18, 1999.
Prior to that the record was held by Cosby Orr at age 5 in 1975 in Littleton, Colorado.
Tiger Woods made his first hole in one at the age of 8.
#8. Phil Mickelson is actually right handed!
Four-time Major champion, Phil Mickelson, known as ‘Lefty’ was actually born right-handed! He simply mirrored his father’s left-handed swing as a child, and never looked back. The only thing he does left-handed is play golf.
#9. The Rarest Score of All
The rarest score of all (the condor) is when a golfer makes a hole in one on a par 5. This score is so unique, it has only been recorded 4 times!
#10. “Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”- Lee Trevino
Lee Trevino’s legendary “not even God can hit a 1-iron” punch line has a wild origin you might not be aware of.
Trevino was standing on the 13th green under an umbrella as rain poured down when a bolt of lightning hit his umbrella. Trevino’s heart was stopped by the electricity, and he was taken with Heard and Nichols to Hinsdale Hospital and Sanitarium. He suffered burns to his back, while Heard was burned on his leg and Nichols suffered damage to his head.
At some point, a reporter asked Trevino if he would do anything differently to avoid being struck by lightning should he find himself in a storm again. This is when Trevino gave his legendary reply, saying he’d hold a 1-iron in the air because not even God can hit the club.