The Ultimate Golf quiz
Golf makes its reintroduction to the Olympics at Rio 2016 in Brazil. Golf was first played at the 1900 Olympics, and the last time it was played was at the 1904 Olympics in Paris, which makes this a great time for the sport to return to the Olympics!
On a traditional championship course, there will be a mix of par 3, par 4, and par 5 holes to equal 72 strokes. Some courses are below Par 72, although it is very rare for sanctioned courses to be above Par 72
The world’s first ever golf tournament for women was held on New Year’s Day in 1811 at Musselburgh. Now, the woman have the LPGA, as well as a number of woman coming through the college ranks on full scholarships.
In 1457 King James II banned golf and soccer in Scotland because they distracted military personnel from pursuing archery, more suited to their profession. Personally, I think he was just mad he kept losing at it!
St. Andrew’s in Scotland is not the oldest golf course in the world. The Guinness Book of Records records Musselburgh Links course as being played as early as 2 March 1672. However, some evidence exists that Mary Queen of Scots may have played there as early as 1567.
The first International golf match is believed to have taken place near Edinburgh on the course of Leith in 1682 when two Scottish noblemen beat two English noblemen. I am sure the Scotish have let the English forget this yet!
The first golf club outside Britain was built in the city of Bangalore in India in 1820. The former British colony continues to have a strong connection to the beautiful game with a number of successful golfers coming out of the country.
The first golf club heads were made of beech or the wood of fruit trees such as apples. Golf club shafts were originally made of hazel or ash wood.
Scotland has one course per 9,379 people. No wonder the country goes a little golf crazy when the British Open is on.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. I would not want to be the official to have to count every single ball on the PGA or LPGA!
Golf balls were originally made of thin leather stuffed with feathers. Now a days, golf balls are one of the highest research and development costs for golf manufactures, as consumers want the spin, distance and speed they always craved.
One stroke under par is called a birdie. The term “birdie” comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing a round in 1899, he played what he described as a “bird of a shot”, which became “birdie” over time.
The longest recorded drive on an ordinary course is one of 515 yards by Michael Hoke Austin of Los Angeles, California, in the US National Seniors Open Championship at Las Vegas, Nevada on September 25, 1974. Not bad for a man on the senior tour.
The modern golf course has 18 holes, which was established at St. Andrew's. St Andrew’s, however, has had the greatest effect on the origin of golf. It's course was initially built with 22 holes but these were later reduced to 18. New courses followed suit and it became the standard.
The British Open, which is one of the major championships on the PGA tour. It is nicknamed 'The Open Championship', and has been since its inception.
The Master's and its infamous Green jacket calls Georgia home. Augusta is a private course that accepted its first female only a few years ago, and it was Condoleezza Rice
The PGA Championship is the last of the majors. It is held the third weekend after labor day and is hosted by the Professional Golfers' Association of America and played at various locations in the United States
There has not been a golfer that has won all four majors in one year. Tiger Woods has been the closest with three victories and a fifth place finish at the Masters in 2000.
He may be the most famous left-handed golfer of all-time, but four-time major champion Phil Mickelson is naturally right-handed. As a youngster, he mirrored his father’s swing and enjoyed so much success that he never needed right-handed clubs.
As unlikely as a hole-in-one is on a par-three, imagine making one on a par-five. This highly unusual shot, informally known as a condor, has only been verified four times!
To this day, golf is one of only two sports, along with the javelin throw, to have ever been played on the moon. Back on February 6, 1971, Apollo 14 member Alan Shepard hit a ball with a six-iron, swinging one-handed as a result of his pressure suit.
To millions, she is beloved for her powerful voice, releasing hits like “The Power of Love.” But singer Celine Dion is also a golf fanatic and owns a course, Terrebonne, Quebec’s Le Mirage Golf Club.
Charging $500 for an 18-hole round, Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek Golf Course is the United States’ most expensive public course. Known for its celebrity sightings, the Tom Fazio-design is regularly ranked as one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest.
Northern Canadian territory Nunavut’s annual Toonik Tyme Festival includes a nine-hole golf tournament. With temperatures well below freezing, golfers play on a sheet of ice, using fluorescent balls, in fear of losing them in the snow.
Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion.” A cult classic, “Caddyshack” delivers one memorable movie line after another. But few are quoted as often as greenskeeper Carl Spackler’s Masters reference, as he imagines winning the tournament, while swinging away at flowers with a garden tool. Incredibly, the entire scene was improvised by comedic legend Bill Murray.
Happy Gilmore wears a Boston Bruins jersey, and putts with a hockey stick. He was a hockey a hockey player before taking up golf.
There are 25% of the golf population are woman. The woman's game is gaining traction and with the amount of ladies only events and college scholarships for woman, the game is going places.
The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was the five year Coby Orr. It happened in Littleton, Colorado, in 1975. I am still waiting for an eagle, let alone a hole in one!!
The Open Championship is played on the Links golf courses. Links golf courses: are characterised by being built on the thin strip of grass, sand and dunes between the sea and typical agricultural land. As a result they often have undulating fairways, are interspersed with sand dunes, have numerous bunkers and very little in the way of trees.
In 1963 Jack Nicklaus became the youngest player to win The Masters. Then, in 1986, Jack Nicklaus became the oldest player to win The Masters. He probably could still compete with the guys today!
The Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru is the highest golf course in the world. Even at it’s lowest point it is 14,335 feet above sea level.
The International Golf Club in Massachusetts is the home of the longest golf course in the world. At 8,325 yards the course plays to a par of 77, which of course is not sanctioned by the USGA
Johnny Weissmuller, famous for his role as Tarzan, was playing golf in Cuba during the Revolution when he was surrounded by a group of rebels. He immediately gave his trademark Tarzan yell. The soldiers recognized it and were so delighted to meet Tarzan that they escorted him to a safe area.
It’s common for Japanese golfers to have insurance for getting a “hole-in-one”. Having made hole-in-one It’s customary to throw a party and present gifts to all your friends to share your good luck.
There is a long history of golfing US presidents, Woodrow Wilson wouldn’t even let snow get in the way of his love for the game and would play using black golf balls.