Golf Facts

phil-mickelson.factsFor most people, golf is not as action-packed as other sports like basketball, boxing, or football. But for golf enthusiasts, this sport gives them adrenaline rush like no other. Interesting also is some golf facts. Read on.

  • The longest drive ever is a whopping 515 yards, while the longest putt is an outrageous 375 feet.

  • Phil Mickelson plays left-handed, but he is really right handed. He started playing golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing. Since then, he’s been using left handed golf clubs.

  • You have one in 67 million chances of achieving two holes-in-one in one round of golf.

  • Tiger Woods got his first ever ace at the very young age of eight.

  • Balls travel considerably further on hot days than on cooler days. A golfer who swings a club at about 100 mph will often carry the driver eight yards longer for every increase in air temperature of 25°F.

  • The par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts is the world’s longest golf course, measuring a monstrous 8325 yards

  • The Tactu Golf Club in Morococha in Peru is the world’s highest golf course, sitting mightily 4,379 meters above sea level at its lowest point.

  • The 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at Japan’s Satsuki Golf Club is the world’s longest golf hole, measuring a fearsome 909 yards.

  • The Hell’s Half Acre on Pine Valley Course’s (New Jersey) 585-yard 7th hole is the world’s largest bunker.

  • An average lady golfer makes a driver swing of about 62mph, while an average LPGA professional makes 96mph. On the other hand, an average male golfer makes a driver swing of about 84mph, while an average PGA Tour golfer makes108mph. Tiger Woods makes an average driver swing of 130mph, and from 148mph to152mph for a national long drive champion.

  • A regulation golf ball has 336 dimples.facts-3

  • Feather balls were the first golf balls. They were made of thin leather tightly packed with feathers. This kind of golf ball flew the farthest. The sports used feather balls until 1848.

  • Coby Orr was the youngest golfer to have a hole-in-one feat. It happened in 1975 in Littleton, Colorado. He was five at the time.

  • Scotland banned its people to play golf from 1457 to 1502. This was to make sure they wouldn’t waste crucial time when preparing for the English invasion.

  • Where did the golf term “birdie| come from? While playing 1899, American Ab Smith played what he described as a “bird of a shot.” This then became “birdie.”