Are you a keen golfer? The growth of golf holidays and retreats coupled with the accessibility of the sport to the masses means there are a lot more golfers out there! As if learning about the sport isn’t exciting enough, here are some interesting anecdotes you can share on the course:
The best round of golf ever – has been attributed bizarrely to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il. Following the 69-year-old’s death by heart attack in 2011, the golf world took to social media platforms to mourn the great loss to the game. In his alleged first try at golf, Kim scored a 38-under 34 over 18 holes at the 7700-yard (7041m). The feat was witnessed at Pyongyang Golf Course and verified by seventeen of his security guards.
5% of all lightning deaths occur on the course – in the USA annually. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association have quoted that approximately 5% of all lightning deaths and lightning related injuries arise while playing golf in America. There are roughly 300 people struck by lightning in the USA each year and averages of 57 of the injuries are fatal. So if you’re teeing off and see a nasty cloud formation in the corner of your eye, maybe think twice about that swing!
‘Divers needed’ – may sound like an unlikely golf related job call but with lakes and ponds on courses the world over, lined with golf balls, it may be more financially viable to hire independent divers once or twice a year to collect their missing balls than to just keep buying new sets. There are even golf ball poachers who scour the depths of watery courses at night to retrieve the white gold!
Golf Banned in Scotland – from 1457 until 1502. Along with football the sport came under prohibition under the parliament of James the 2nd. This was to preserve any free time for refining the skills of archery and any other sport that fell in line with military training in an effort to keep the English at bay. In 1502 the band was lifted as the treaty of Glasgow was signed making way for the first female golfer: Mary Queen of Scots later in the century.
Gentlemen Only Females Forbidden – is not the acronym for golf. The origination of the word is actually accredited to Scotland’s close relationship with Holland. Trade routes from the East Coast of Scotland to the Netherlands made for a crossing of some language idiosyncrasies. The Dutch word Kolf, meaning club is thought to have been introduced into Scotland through this means and by the 16th century had evolved into the word we know today.