Amazing Golf Facts
We know that people who stay at Bayside Resort Hotel and golf Cape Cod understand the ins and outs of the game. But we can bet there are a few things those people DO NOT know about the centuries-old sport.
Here are some interesting golf facts you didn’t know, until now.
1. Longest Recorded Drive
English-American pro golfer and kinesiology expert Michael Hoke Austin is credited with making the longest drive. While playing in the U.S. National Seniors Tournament in 1974, Hoke drove the ball a whopping 515 yards.
2. First 18-Hole Golf Course
America’s first 18-hole golf course constructed on a sheep farm in Downer’s Grove, Illinois in 1892. Businessman and golf lover Charles Blair McDonald moved to this quaint town and began constructing the course with his colleagues. The Downer’s Grove Golf Course is still intact after all of these years, although its since been downsized to 9 holes.
3. Golf Balls Were First Made Of What?
The first golf balls were made entirely of hardwood, such as beech and box trees. These balls appeared during the 14th century and remained in use until the 17th century. Of course, a typical wooden golf ball would only last for a few games before it needed to be replaced.
4. Yes, Astronauts Tee’d Off On The Moon
On February 6, 1967 Alan Bartlett “Al” Shepard, Jr. performed a one-handed swing with a six-iron, sending the ball flying through the moon’s low-gravity atmosphere. And in case you were wondering, javelin is the other sport that was reportedly played on the moon.
5. Yes, It’s An Excellent Calorie Burner
According to the health and fitness website ShapeFit.com, a typical 190-pound golfer will burn 431 calories per hour — assuming he or she is walking across the course instead of riding a golf cart.
Cape Cod Golf Vacations
There is no better time than right now to book your Cape Cod golf vacations for the Spring, Summer, and Fall. Bayside Resort Hotel offers affordable accommodations and Cape Cod Golf Packages to suit every player – novice to expert! Come stay and play at one of the most loved New England resorts!
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