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15 amazing facts about golf

Do you consider yourself a golf fan? Well, The only way to know for sure is by testing you out with some of these amazing facts about golf. The next time you're on the green or having a beer with your golf buddies, you'll be able to share a couple of amazing facts about this fun sport. And trust us, we have a feeling even the most avid golfers don't know these facts.

15 amazing facts about golf
1865: PLAYERS AT THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB, ST.ANDREWS, SCOTLAND. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive

Golf was actually a banned sport

15 amazing facts about golf
1860: British golfers 'Old' Tom Morris (1821 - 1908) and Charlie Hunter at a match at Prestwick, Ayrshire. 'Old' Tom and his son 'Young' Tom became the only father and son to hold successive open titles when 'Old' Tom became the oldest player to win a title, aged 46 years and 99 days, in 1867 and 'Young' Tom won in 1868. In the following year, he won again, and his father finished second. 'Old' Tom later ran a golfing equipment shop. Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Though everyone has come to love golf, did you know at one time it was banned? Well, actually, it was banned three times for years after it was invented. Why? Well, the Scottish government thought that the sport would interfere with military training. We're just not sure why? Because people would spend more time focusing on their golf ball? Well, the ban didn't last too long as now it's a sport most people have played (we include mini-golf when we say this).

It's the only sport played on the moon

Yes, you read that right. Golf is actually the only sport that has been played on the moon. But what about soccer? Nope. Basketball? Nope. Cricket? Nope!

15 amazing facts about golf
(Original Caption) 5/4/1961-Cape Canaveral, FL: Project Mercury astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr., of East Derry, NJ, is shown in 20-pound pressure suit he will wear in America's first space flight. Weather permitting, the space flight, is expected to take place on May 5th Bettmann / Contributor

Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. used a 6-iron to play a round of golf on the moon. How crazy is that? This is just another reason why golf is such a great sport - some would even call it out of this world. Sorry, be we had to. It was too good of a pun to let go.

How many golf balls are lost each year at Sawgrass?

Golf is a popular sport, with thousands of people playing it every year at the Stadium Course at Sawgrass. And what we don't think about is just how many golf balls we lose on a yearly basis.

15 amazing facts about golf
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MARCH 25: Henrik Stenson of Sweden walks along the green of the par-three 17th hole during the third round of The Players Championship on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass on March 25, 2006, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Do you know how many golf balls go missing a year? Well, the number is going to surprise you. Every year, 25,000 golf balls are hit into the water at the 17th hole at this legendary golf course. Who would have thought?

Where does the word caddy originate?

Did you know a "caddy" is a word that's originated in French? Let's get into a little bit of linguistics here.

15 amazing facts about golf
British golfer Henry Cotton (1907 - 1987), right, congratulating American player Walter Hagen (1892 - 1969) on breaking the record at the last hole at the British Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, watched by their caddies. Original Publication: People Disc - HH0235 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The French have the word "Cadet", which means "youngest child", and this is actually the source for the word. And it makes sense, as usual, a caddy is someone who's quite young and inexperienced in comparison to the golfers. Who knew this word would be inspired by the French!

Golf is quite the workout

There are a lot of people who opt for a golf cart as it makes the entire round of golf a lot easier for people. They don't need to carry their golf clubs with them everywhere they go, and they have a place to rest while they wait for their turn.

15 amazing facts about golf
AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland jogs up the tenth hole alongside caddie Harry Diamond during the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018, in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

But if you want to get an extra workout in, walk instead. If you walk the entire eighteen-holes, you'll knock down four miles. Now, that's a good workout.

Two holes-in-one? Unlikely

Sorry to burst your bubble. I know your dream has been to make two holes-in-one. It's every golfer's dream. But you should know that rarely happens. In fact, it happens so rarely that you have a better chance of getting struck by lightning than you do making two holes-in-one.

15 amazing facts about golf
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 27: Thomas Pieters of Belgium lines up a putt on hole eighteen during Day Four of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at Emirates Golf Club on January 27, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Yeah, not the best of news you want to hear. But that doesn't mean it's not possible. Anything is possible, just like being struck by lightning.

The best day to play golf?

Everyone wants to win the sport they're playing. We're all a little competitive, and there's nothing wrong with that.

15 amazing facts about golf
16 JUN 1994: A HOT AND TIRED COLIN MONTGOMERIE OF SCOTLAND TOWELS HIMSELF DOWN DURING THE FIRST ROUND OF THE1994 U.S. OPEN AT OAKMONT COUNTRY CLUB IN OAKMONT, PENNSYLVANIA. STRANGE FINISHED THE DAY AT 1-UNDER, 70. Mandatory Credit: Steve Munday/ALLS

There are some days where it's just better to play golf. A golf ball will travel further on hot days, then on cold days. Why? Because the air is less dense, so it takes less velocity for the ball to travel. Though this can be advantageous for you if you're a good judge of distance, just remember it's also advantageous for the person you're competing with.

A Tiger fact

What would this list even be if it didn't mention the king of golf at least once? Even for people who've never watched or played golf, there's one person everyone knows: Tiger Woods.

15 amazing facts about golf
UNITED STATES - MARCH 21: Tiger Woods during a practice round for THE PLAYERS Championship held at the TPC Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on Tuesday, March 21, 2006. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

He's the golf hero everyone can identify. And, of course, he became popular after his cheating scandal. But let's focus on his golf career as it's impressive. Woods has won a jaw-dropping 77 PGA tournaments to date.

Highest gold course in the world

If you're a golfer, you always want to challenge yourself and test out new golf courses with your buddies. So, the next time you're planning a trip, why not head to Bolivia. Why Bolivia? Well, that's where the world's highest golf course is.

15 amazing facts about golf
SALAR DE UYUNI, BOLIVIA - NOVEMBER 2016: View of Volcan Tahua, in November 2017 in UYUNI, Bolivia. (Photo by Anthony Asael/Art in All of Us/Corbis via Getty Images)

La Paz Golf Club in Bolivia has the highest elevation in the world at 10,965 feet. But there seems to be some drama with this as the Guinness World Records says the Yak Golf Course in Kupup, East Sikkim is the highest at 13,025. Drama!

No two golf balls are the same

When it comes to golf balls, every golf ball manufacturer has their own style. They all have a different number of dimples on their golf balls.

15 amazing facts about golf
SAN FRANCISCO - NOVEMBER 07: A generic shot of a golf ball on the green during the final round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Harding Park Golf Course on November 7, 2010, in San Francisco, California (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

So, unless you and your golf partner buy from the same company, chances are your golf balls are completely different. This isn't a bad thing. Better than before, when golf balls were made out of feathers or wood. Ouch!

Accidental "birdie"

You know the term "birdie," but do you know where it was invented? At first glance, you assume maybe a golf player struck a bird with their golf ball, and the term developed from there.

15 amazing facts about golf
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland celebrates a birdie putt to defeat Ryan Moore on the fourth playoff hole to win the TOUR Championship and clinch the FedExCup at East Lake Golf Club on September 25, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

But that's not right. "Birdie" was accidentally coined by Ab Smith who hit a "bird of a shot" back in 1889. Of course, as you know, the rest was history. Today, you'll hear that term used on the golf course all the time.

The first-ever golf balls

Most of us never think about the first time golf was played. But now that you're thinking about it, what do you think the first-ever golf ball was made out of? Golf balls were made of thin leather that was stuffed with goose feathers.

15 amazing facts about golf
Original and reproduction of feathery golf balls, original c1830-c1840. Made by William Gourlay, c1830-c1840. (Photo by Sarah Fabian-Baddiel/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

These "feather balls" were used until 1848, and replaced with the "Guttie ball" which were made out of rubber-like sap from the Gutta tree. This tree was only found in the tropics.

The youngest hole-in-one golfer?

Is there even such a thing? Well, that's not the question you should be asking. You need to ask, is it even possible for a child to shoot a hole-in-one? We have the answer, and it's yes.

15 amazing facts about golf

The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one is Cosby Orr, who was five-years-old at the time. Yes! Five-years-old - how crazy is that? It happened in Littleton, Colorado, back in 1975, and he's still holding the title.

The Scottish vs. The Chinese

You've probably been told that the Scottish are the founding fathers of golf. And this belief has been widely accepted around the world as being true. They apparently invented the sport 500+ years ago.

15 amazing facts about golf
1865: PLAYERS AT THE ROYAL AND ANCIENT GOLF CLUB, ST.ANDREWS, SCOTLAND. Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive

But the Chinese have also claimed that they were the original inventors of the sport, as they were playing a similar game during the Song dynasty that went as far back as 943 A.D. Well, can't both of them be right?

A dirty secret

If you're a fan of golf history, then you probably know the most famous left-handed golfer, Phil Mickelson. Well, he had a dirty little secret - he was actually born right-handed. So what was his secret to tricking everyone?

15 amazing facts about golf
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 04: Phil Mickelson poses with the Gene Sarazen Cup after winning the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship on a playoff hole at Club De Golf Chapultepec on March 4, 2018, in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The 4-time Major champion actually mirrored his father's left-handed swing as a child. And the rest is golf history. Since then, he's been known as being a right-handed golfer.