Whether you’re an experienced golfer or just starting out, there are some things about the game you might not be too sure about. Like, why are those sand traps really necessary? And why did it take so long for the golf cart to get invented? Below are some fun facts to quiz yourself or your friends while you’re spending some time on the 19th hole. Answers are at the very bottom of the blog post. Good luck!
1. If you didn’t know golf was invented in Scotland over 500 years ago, well, where have you been!? However, another nation claims to have created an extremely similar game as far back as 943 A.D. Who was it?
2. The word “caddy” comes from what French word?
3. Up until the 19th century, golf balls were made from what materials?
4. The ideal golf ball will usually have this many dimples:
a) between 452-580
b) exactly 500
c) between 380-432
d) exactly 375
5. GolfZilla is a popular nickname for which famous golf champion?
6. Tiger Woods was 8 years old when he made his first hole in one. True or False?
7. The Augusta National Golf Club was closed for 3 years during World War II to support the war effort. What was the course used for during these years?
8. Who collected his first paycheck on the 1962 P.G.A Tour for $33.33 at the L.A. Open?
9. The first golf club to open in the United States was in what city in 1893?
10. What are the best public golf courses in Maryland?
1) The Chinese. They pretty much invited everything.
2) Cadet, which is the French word for “student.” It’s actually pronounced cadDAY
3) Golf balls were made of feathers that were first boiled and then stuffed into a leather pouch sewn into a round shape. You might be shaking your head yelling, “No, Queenstown, you’re wrong! They were made of wood!” Yes, the first golf balls used in the 16th century were believed to be wooden, but they were most commonly made from boiled feathers!
4) The correct answer is c) the ideal golf ball has between 380-432 dimples. Not all golf balls are created equal! They have anywhere from 330-550 dimples depending on the brand.
5) Canadian Jason Zuback. Zuback is five time World Long Drive Champion. He holds the record for the fasted ever golf drive at 204 mph and can drive the ball 468 yards
6) True! Definitely one of Tiger’s better years…
7) The Home of the Masters was used for raising cattle and turkey, surprisingly!
8) The man, the myth, the legend: Jack Nicklaus
9) The Chicago Golf Club was the first to open in the U.S. It moved two years later, but Downers Grove Golf Course remains at the original Club site.
10) That’s an easy one! The Lakes and River Courses at Queenstown Harbor, of course. We offer two challenging courses with beautiful views just a short drive from Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Come visit us on Maryland’s Eastern Shore!