Odd Balls – Weird Golfing Facts

Colin Montgomerie teed off the British Open for its 145th tournament this morning, to a nightmare double bogey start… but hey – at least it’s sunny! Golf’s longest-standing competition is being held at Scotland’s Royal Troon course this year, with players competing to become the winner of the coveted Claret Jug.8

If like us, you don’t know your bogey from your birdie or your eagle from your albatross (we only just got our heads around the offside rule for the Euro’s), there really is no better time to brush up on some fun golfing facts…



Golf is one of only two sports (alongside the javelin throw) to have ever been played on the moon. Back in 1971, Alan Shepard smuggled a make-shift six-iron on to the Apollo 14 because he wanted to do something special while on the moon – no point doing things by halves Alan!

Shepard contacted a local club pro in Houston, who connected the head of a six-iron to the shaft of a piece of rock collecting equipment. Shepard covered the club with a sock so it wouldn’t be found before launch. He reckons the ball went about 200 yards, but he could only hit it with one hand because of his pressure suit.


The hole-in-one insurance:

In Japan it is fairly common for golfers to carry a ‘hole-in-one’ insurance policy. The Japanese custom following a hole-in-one is to share the good luck by throwing a party, complete with gifts for friends and family. This can be a fairly expensive affair, so they cover themselves with some insurance.

Of course, the insurance companies have calculated that the actual chance of an average golfer scoring a hole-in-one is approximately 12,500 to one, so it seems they have the upper hand there.

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Golf balls:

Up until the mid-19th century, (around the time of The Open’s first ever tournament) golf balls were typically made of feathers… The feathers were boiled and stuffed into a little leather pouch, the pouch was then sewn up into a ball shape. FYI: If you happen to be golfing with one of these heirlooms, an 1845 J.Gourlay feathery recently sold for £5000 at auction!


Have you ever wondered why today’s golf balls have all those little dimples? Well, the dimples are there to reduce turbulence and they allow the ball to travel further than a completely smooth ball. Surprisingly, these little balls can have anywhere between 330 to 500 dimples.


So there we have it, some fun facts that even the most unseasoned of golfers can drop into an Open conversation… Of course if The Open has inspired you to take up golf, come join us up at Culcrieff Golf Club or for something completely different try out our disc golf!


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