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Some interesting facts about golf history that you probably did not know

Golf is a subject with a long history. It represents an aristocratic sport and of course, there are many interesting stories around. Here are things about golf history that you may not know.

Golf was played on the moon

In February 1971, Apollo 14 landed on the moon, astronaut Alan Shepard hit a golf ball with a 6 iron, and he could only hit with one hand due to his bulky suit. The other sport to be performed on a visit to the Moon is javelin throwing.

The golf ball and javelin are still on the moon right now. At the end of 2006, Russian astronaut Mijail Tiurin became the first person on earth to perform the Drive in space.

Golf was played on the moon

The highest golf course in the world

The highest golf course in the world at 14,335 feet (4.3km) above sea level. The golf course is the Tactu Golf Club located in Morococha, Peru. Among many famous golfers, Samuel Jackson has to mention – he has a special clause in all of his Film contracts that he must play golf twice a week. Also, Samuel is very busy tending to his snakes.

There was no concept of tee in golf before

Golfers often put a small dune up to make a kick. It wasn’t until the 20s when tee officials were discovered that it was widely used ever since. Tiger Woods is considered Mozart’s musical prodigy because he was 6 years old when he scored Hole In One.

Babe Zaharias was the first female golfer to pass a cut at the PGA TOUR event

Babe Zaharias hit 76 and 81 in the first two rounds of the Los Angeles Open. Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most famous golf courses in the world, closed for 3 years due to the 2nd world war. The golf course had to become a livestock and poultry farm to serve the resistance.

St Andrew’s golf course is not the oldest golf course

People often mistake the St Andrew’s golf course in Scotland as the oldest golf course in the world. But according to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest golf course is the Musselburgh Links golf course, which was established in 1672. But another evidence shows that the Queen Mary of Scotland played golf here as early as 1567.

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Little-known facts about the oldest golf tournament in history (Part 2)

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From 1860 to 1870 it was held at the Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The Open was held in Scotland, northwest England, and southeast England with the same stadium in Northern Ireland.

In the current system of The Open, there are 10 courts: 5 Scotland, 4 England, and 1 Northern Ireland. Recently, Old Couse held Open every 5 years and the rest of the golf courses open more or less every 10 years.

In 2014, The R&A announced that Royal Portrush would return in October 2015 and that Portrush would be the host of The Open 2019.

Major milestones at The Open Championship

On 17/10/1860 the first match took place at Prestwick Golf Club – Scotland with 8 golfers competing in 3 rounds of 12 holes in a single day.

In 1971, the tournament was canceled due to the lack of prizes.

In 1892 the tournament increased from 36 holes to 72 holes or 4 rounds of 18 holes.

From 1890 – 1930, The Open was dominated by professional athletes, with only 6 amateurs taking the throne during this period.

In 1946 The Open welcomed the first American champion in post-World War II.

The champion of this tournament in 1947 was Fred Daly of Northern Ireland.

In 1948 – 1958 The Open was dominated by Commonwealth golfers, with golfers from Australia and South Africa winning eight championships.

1953 The Open held a competition at the American Carnoustie golfer won the championship that year.

1960 The start of the “Big Three” era in professional golf.

In 1966, 1970, and 1978, Golfer Nicklaus finished second seven times and had 16 top five at The Open.

Golfer John Daly won the championship in 1995.

In 2000 – 2005 Tiger Woods won 3 championships.

2006 Golfer Hoylake who holds the championship The Open

The 2007 – 2008 year

In 2013 golfer Phil Mickelson won the Open Championship for the first time at Muirfield.

In 2015 the match took place at Old Course at St Andrew’s golfer Zach Johnson won by the payoff

The 2018 Open Championship is the 147th tournament to be held at the Carnoustie Golf Links in Angus, Scotland. This is the 8th time that the Open Championship tournament has been played at Carnousetie.

In 2019 for the first time since 1951, The Open took place at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The Open Championship is considered to be among the six most prestigious tournaments in the world.