Scotland is considered the birthplace of golf and the game has been played there from the 15th century.
The sport began in the East of Scotland around the Kingdom of Fife. Players hit pebbles or small stones with a modified stick around a natural course of fields and rabbit burrows.
In 1457 King James II banned golf and soccer in Scotland because they distracted military personnel from pursuing archery, more suited to their profession.
St. Andrew’s in Scotland is not the oldest golf course in the world.
The origin of golf term ‘Caddie’ comes from Mary Queen of Scots use of French cadets to help her play while she studied there.
Golf balls were originally made of thin leather stuffed with feathers.
Insurance actuaries have calculated the chance of an average golfer making a hole in one at approximately 12,500 to 1, and the odds of a tour professional at 2,500 to 1.
The chance of two holes in one in a single round are approx 67 million to 1.
Balls travel significantly further on hot days.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. The dimples have been discovered to reduce turbulence and allow the balls to travel further.
10 Golfing Terms
Par: The score an accomplished player is expected to make on a hole, either a three, four or five.
Birdie: A score of one under par on a hole. (Her birdie on the 10th hole was a turning point in the match).
Eagle: Two under par score on a hole.
Albatross: Three under par score at a hole. Known as a ‘double-eagle’ in the US.
Bogey: A score of one over par on a hole.
Dormie: In match play, having a lead equal to the number of holes remaining to be played, ie. two up and two to play.
Divot Turf: removed when hitting a shot.
Hook Shot: that curves strongly from right to left (or the opposite, if you play left-handed!).
Links: Golf course on coastal terrain, usually with sand dunes and very few trees, and exposed to the wind. Literally a piece of ground that ‘links’ the mainland to the sea.
Net score: Score after the handicap strokes have been deducted from the gross score.