How Many of These Fascinating Golf Facts Did You Know?

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Are you an avid golfer? You may be able to walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Here are a few interesting golf facts you probably didn?t know.

  • The term ?caddy? comes from the French word for student ? ?cadet?
  • The odds of making two holes-in-one during a single game of golf is one in 67 million.
  • Sitting 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point, the Tactu Golf Club in Peru is the highest 18-hole golf course in the world.
  • Lou Kretlow achieved the longest hole-in-one in March of 1961 at the Lake Hefner golf course in Oklahoma City. It was 427 yards.
  • A regulation golf ball has 336 dimples.
  • An 18-hole golf course is standard.
  • According to the official rules, a player is only allowed to have a maximum of 14 clubs in his bag at one time during a stipulated round.
  • The first golf club shafts were made of hazel or ash wood while the heads were made from the wood of fruit trees.
  • The first golf balls were made out of thin leather tightly packed with feathers. These feather balls were used all the way up until 1848.
  • Golf was invented in Scotland more than 500 years ago.
  • King Games II banned golf in Scotland between 1457 and 1502 so that citizens would focus their time and effort on preparing for an English invasion instead of playing golf.
  • The word ?birdie? originated from an American player named Ab Smith. In 1899 he hit what he described as a ?bird of a shot.?
  • The first ever women?s golf tournament was held at Musselburgh on New Year?s Day in 1811.
  • The famous golfer Arnold Palmer, nicknamed ?The King,? won a total of 95 professional tournaments.
  • The first official golf club was The Gentlemen Golfers of Leith, established in 1744.
  • The youngest golfer to ever make a hole-in-one was 5 year old Coby Orr. He achieved this title in 1975 in Littleton, Colorado.
  • Tiger Woods was eight years old when he scored his first hole-in-one.

So, how many of these fun facts did you already know? If you love to play golf, find out more about the fascinating history of the sport.
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