Playing golf is one of Dennis Roeder’s hobbies in Australia. He has been perfecting his play since he was a teenager, and tries to golf at least once a month in New South Wales. As golf is one of the oldest sports in the world that is still played, there are many interesting facts surrounding the game and its history.
Here he offers some of the facts that he finds the most fascinating.
- Putting can be a make or break situation for most golfers. In 1976, tournament player Bob Cook broke the record for the longest record successful putt. His putt was an amazing one hundred forty feet and nearly three inches long on the eighteenth hole at St. Andrews Golf Course.
- Golfers who are passionate about the sport play as much as possible, even through bad weather or sore joints. One such golfer, Richard Lewis from Texas, broke the record for the total number of holes played in one year. In 2010, he played eleven thousand holes from January first to December thirty-first.
- Golf tees were not used in standard sport play until the 1920s. Before then, golfers across the world would pile sand under their ball to give it enough elevation for a true shot. The golf tee craze quickly took over and became a mainstay of the sport.
- Only two sports have even been played on the moon, golf and javelin. Dennis Roeder thinks it would be difficult to play golf on the moon.