Golf is a club-and-ball sport that’s enjoyed by millions of people throughout the world. Golf is one of the world’s oldest sports. Most of the people are familiar with the general concept of golf, which is players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. We are going to share some facts that you probably didn’t know.
1 Golf Balls Were Originally Made of Wood
Some of the first golf balls were made up of hardwood, like beech and box trees. These types of golf balls appeared during the 14th century and remained in use until the 17th century. Of course, a typical wooden golf ball would only last for some games before it needed to be replaced.
2 Now Golf Balls are Made of Feathers
After the 17th century, golf balls were made of thin leather, known as feather balls, also appeared around the era of the wooden ball. A feather ball was a leather pouch filled with chicken or goose feathers. Feather balls known as feathery and were used up until the year 1848, after they were replaced it with the Guttie ball (which is a rubber-like sap of the Gutta tree, found only in the tropics.)
3 Golf Was Played on The Moon
Golf is one in all the 2 only sports to be played on the moon. Back in 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut, Alan Shepard Jr. who performed a one-handed shot with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low gravity atmosphere. Javelin throw is that the other sport that was reportedly played on the moon. Golf has been played on the moon! It is only 1 of 2 sports to have been
4 Development of Latest Golf Courses is Banned in China
Several years ago, the China government placed a ban on all new golf courses. However, this has not stopped cities and local communities from building them. It’s pretty widely accepted that golf began in Scotland 500+ years ago. The Chinese, however, claim to have invented a similar game during the Song dynasty as far back as 943 A.D.
5 Longest Recorded Drive of Golf Was 515 Yards
American golf professional and kinesiology expert Michael Hoke Austin of Los Angeles, California, is credited with making the longest drive. In US National Seniors Open Championship in 1974, Michael Hoke drove the ball a mind-boggling 515 yards.
6 First 18-Hole Golf Course Was on a Sheep Farm
The first 18-hole golf course constructed on a sheep farm in Downers Grove, Illinois in the year 1892. Businessman and also a great golf lover Charles Blair McDonald moved to this present quaint town and began constructing the course with his colleagues. The Downers Grove Golf Course is still intact after all of these years, although the Downer’s Grove course has since reverted to 9 holes.
7 Golf is a Good Workout!
Golf is a superb workout that burns calories while promoting greater muscle mass. On the report of health and fitness website ShapeFit.com, a typical 190-pound golfer will burn around 431 calories per hour assuming he or she is walking across the course rather than riding a golf cart.