Interesting Facts

The average golf course in America is about 6,000 yards long. But no course, no matter how long it is, can compete in size with the Eldorado Golf Club in California. This club contains 15 full golf courses!

You could say that the longest course ever played by a golfer is, the United States! In the 1960s, a golfer began at the Pacific Ocean and kept hitting golf balls until he reached the Atlantic Ocean, 3,400 miles away. During the trip, he made 114,737 strokes!

125,000 golf balls a year are lost in the water at the famous 17th hole of the Stadium Course at Sawgrass.

The longest golf cart measures 6.68 m (21 ft 11 in) from bumper to bumper and was created by HSBC Champions.

The longest putt ever was measured at 375 feet

Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right handed. He learned to play golf by facing his right-handed father while he practised, and he has used left handed golf clubs ever since.

The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are 1 in 67 million.

Tiger Woods achieved his first hole-in-one at the tender age of eight.

The longest golf course in the world is the par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts which measures a fearsome 8325 yards

The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, It is 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.

The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole (par 7) on the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. It measures an amazing 909 yards.

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.

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.

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.

The first golf balls were made of thin leather stuffed with feathers. Tightly-packed feathers made balls that flew the farthest and they were used until 1848.

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.

Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn’t waste time when preparing for an English invasion

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.

Don’t feel bad about a high handicap, 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18 .

Tom Watson won the 1977 USPGA Championship, 1975 Open Championship, and 1977 Open Championship with clubs that were later deemed not to conform to R&A and USGA rules and regulations.

The most golf balls held in one hand for 10 seconds is 24 by Guillaume Doyon (Canada) at Collège Saint-Alexandre in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, on 30 November 2009.

The most golf balls to be hit into a specified area in 12 hours was 7,721. Nigel Mangan achieved this record in Orlando, Florida on 29 January 2010.

John Hudson, a 25 year old professional, achieved a near miracle when he holed two consecutive holes-in-one at the 11th and 12th holes (195 yards and 311 yards respectively) in the 1971 Martini Tournament at Norwich, England.

In the Open Championship at Birkdale, Lionel Platts got a hole-in-one on the 212-yard 4th hole in the second round. This was the first instance of an Open Championship hole-in-one being recorded by television.

In the 1973 Open Championship at Troon, two holes-in-one were recorded, both at the “Postage Stamp” hole, the 8th hole, in the first round. They were achieved by Gene Sarazen and amateur David Russell, who were by coincidence respectively the oldest and youngest competitors.

In March, 1961, Lou Kretlow got the longest hole-in-one at the 427 yards 16th hole at Lake Hefner course, Oklahoma City, USA.

The longest-recorded hole-in-one by a woman was that accomplished in September, 1949 by Marie Robie – the 393-yard hole at Furnace Brook course, Wollaston, Mass, USA.

In January 1985 Otto Bucher from Switzerland was the oldest man to get a hole-in-one at the age of 99 on La Manga’s 130-yard 12th hole.