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A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about quotes from famous golfers and those people associated with golf. This week I am keeping it lite with some golf trivia. See how many answers you get right without peeking.

  1. The origin of the word “golf” comes from the acronym “Gentlemen only, ladies forbidden.”
  2. Before the use of tees, it was common for golfers to use a small pile of sand.
  3. Golf is the only sport to have ever been played on the moon.
  4. A man has won an event on the LPGA Tour.
  5. A woman has won an event on the PGA Tour.

Open Ended

  1. Prior to the invention of rubber, what were golf balls made of?
  2. Who is the only U.S. President to have been a club member at Augusta National?
  3. Which country has the most golf courses per capita in the World?
  4. How old was Tiger Woods when he got his first hole in one?
  5. How rare are hole in ones in golf?

 

(NO PEEKING BELOW THIS LINE UNTIL FINISHED)

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Answers:

1. False – The word ‘golf’ is not an acronym for anything. Rather, it derives linguistically from the Dutch word ‘kolf’ or ‘kolve,’ meaning quite simply ‘club. ‘ In the Scottish dialect of the late 14th or early 15th century, the Dutch term became ‘goff’ or ‘gouff,’ and only later in the 16th century ‘golf.

 

2. True – Prior to the turn of the 19th century, golfers used mounds of wet sand to tee up their golf ball. Golf courses provided boxes of wet sand and the golfer would either make a mound with their hands or use a cone shaped mold. It took a dentist, yes, you are reading that right, a dentist who loved to play golf to get really tired of using a mound of wet sand, to invent the first wooden tee. The patent for Dr. George Grant’s wooden tee was issued in 1899, yet he never made any money from his invention, preferring to make tees for himself and his family and friends. And believe it or not, another dentist, Dr. William Lowell invented the Reddy Tee in the 1920’s the wooden tee became common practice.

1880-s-club-and-ball

3. False – Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell played sports on the lunar surface. Shepard hit golf balls with a modified six-iron and Mitchell threw a javelin.
Golf on the Moon

Credit Nasa

4. True – In 1962, Sam Snead became the first – and only – man to win an LPGA event winning the Royal Poinciana Plaza Invitational in Palm Beach, Fla. Not that there have been many opportunities for other men to match this feat. The rules have changed dramatically since 1962.
Golf Trivia

 

5. False –  A grand total of six women have teed it up on the PGA Tour. However, only one has ever made a cut. That would be the incredible Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Golf, track, basketball … Babe Didrikson Zaharias could do it all.

6. Wooden golf balls were used up until the 17th century, when the feathery ball was invented. The first “real” golf ball was known as a “feathery” golf ball. The feathery was a leather sack filled with boiled goose feathers, then stitched up and painted.
Feathery Golf Ball

 

7. Dwight Eisenhower. President Dwight Eisenhower who was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in World War II became a member of Augusta National in 1948. He became a member six months after he had had a two-week vacation staying there.

MastersEisenhower1950s
President Eisenhower tees off in front of the clubhouse while playing golf at the Augusta National in the 1950s. Credit to Augusta.com

8. Most golf courses per capita in 2020: ScotlandNew ZealandAustraliaIreland, Canada, Wales, United States, Sweden, and England. It’s amazing that in 2008 the US had more courses than the rest of the world combined.
Scotish-Golf-Header

 

9. Tiger was 8 years old when he got his first hole-in-one at Heartwell Golf Course in Long Beach, California. It’s interesting to note that Tiger was too short to see the golf ball actually roll into the cup.
young tiger woods

 

10. The odds of making a hole in one are 12,500 to 1. For professional golfers, the odds of making a hole in one drop to 2,500 to 1. But check out this 4 year old little boy who defied the odds.

 

 

I hope you found this article to be fun and informative.