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Golf is a classic sport, and millions of people throughout the world enjoy it. Though most people are familiar with golf's general concepts, we're going to share some most fascinating fun facts about golf that you probably didn't know.
The Longest Recorded Drive Was 515 Yards
The kinesiology expert and English-American pro golfer Michael Hoke Austin is credited with making the longest drive of 515 yards in the U.S. National Seniors Tournament, 1974.
Golf Balls Were Originally Made of Wood
Sounds interesting, right? Some of the first golf balls were made entirely of hardwood, such as beech and box trees. These balls were seen during the 14th century and remained until the 17th century.
Golf Was Played on The Moon
Only two sports were played on the moon, and golf is one of them. On February 6, 1967, Alan Bartlett “Al” Shepard, Jr. performed a one-handed swing with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low-gravity atmosphere.
First 18-Hole Course Was on a Sheep Farm
America’s first 18-hole golf course was built on a sheep farm in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, in 1892. The Golf Course is still intact after all of these years, but it has been downsized to 9 holes.
New Golf Courses Construction Is Banned In China
The government of China banned the construction of new golf courses in 2004. However, this hasn’t stopped cities and local communities from building them.