In today’s fun facts, we’re having a look at Gold and some interesting facts surrounding the sport. 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.
Well, a lot of you might not be aware, but the majority of South-African Golf courses utilize the Sirenco 15D in their Lightning and disaster warning notification system, so we thought to share some interesting fats about these interesting green fields.
FUN GOLFING FACTS
There’s a 12,500 to 1 chance a typical golfer will make a hole-in-one. That’s because the width of the hole is so small. Even professional golfers can go their whole career without making a hole-in-one!
Contrary to popular believe, golf is actually a dangerous sport. Getting hit by a golf ball is no joke, with a velocity of 148 mph upon impact, the force of impact can knock the wind right out of you.
The term ‘birdie’ comes from the late 19th century, when an American gentleman named Ab Smith came up with the phrase, ‘bird of a shot,’ while playing, which eventually turned into the term we use today.
Before golf tees, players would shape mounds of sand and place the golf ball on top. Tees were finally popularized in the 1920s.
Golf has actually been played on the moon! It is only 1 of 2 sports to literally have been played out-of-this-world, along with the javelin throw. Back in 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut, Alan Shepard, swung a one-handed shot with a six-iron, which was all his pressure suit would allow.
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