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"It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course." -Hank Aaron


"Always throw clubs ahead of you. That way you don't have to waste energy going back to pick it up" -Tommy Bolt


Ever notice what golf spelled backwards is?

THE GAME OF GOLF ORIGINATED IN SCOTLAND AROUND THE 12TH CENTURY, where shepherds could be observed placing bets and knocking stones into rabbit holes on the site of what is now The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.


THE LONGEST-EVER HOLE-IN-ONE sailed 447 yards to the pin It was made by Robert Mitera on October 2, 1965. The golfer couldn't even see the flag from where he teed off. Fittingly, the shot occurred at Miracle Hills in Omaha, Nebraska.

YOUNGEST GOLFER TO HIT A HOLE-IN-ONE:
3-yr-old Jake Paine made a 65 yarder at Lake Forest, CA.


OLDEST GOLFER TO GET A HOLE-IN-ONE:
Elsie Mclean, who was 102 yrs old when she aced a hole on a regulation golf course in Chico, CA in 2007

"THAT HOLE BY THE DAIRY IS PARTICULARLY DIFFICULT."
In 1994, A German farmer sued the owners of a nearby golf course after his veterinarian discovered a golf ball lodged in the throat of a recently deceased cow The farmer claimed the golf course was responsible for the deaths of 30 of his cows. As it turned out, the 30 cows on Question had actually swallowed some 2.000 golf balls that landed in the pasture.

AS IF GOLF WASN'T FRUSTRATING ENOUGH, playing the game in1457 Scotland could get you killed. Golf was banned in the country that year by King James II because it was becoming more popular than archery, the National Sport. With the Scots under constant threat of an English invasion, the King understood that keeping his people well practiced with their bows was a matter of national security!


But golf proved to be just as addictive then as it is today. The Scots ignored the ban even under threat of dire consequences. The punishment for a guilty golfer? As many holes-in-one as needed to be executed by out-of-practice archers. Fortunately, as providence would have it, no execution was ever recorded. England and Scotland made peace in 1502,and King James even took up the sport. In fact, some of the earliest recorded evidence of golf involved a series of wagers made by the young king. One account involved the royal treasurer having to pay the Earl of Bothwell14 shillings the King had lost in a wager on "golfing combat" somewhere out on the links.


King James II of Scotland had been so concerned that golf was adversely interfering with archery practice that he banned the game in the Scottish Act of Parliament of 1457- the first documented reference to today's game. Golf was also banned by James Ill in 1471.


Mary Queen of Scots, who was actually French, was the first recorded female golfer. She introduced the game to France while she studied there. The term "caddie" stems from the name given to her helpers who were French soldiers, known in France as cadets.

GOLF TERMS:

"The Dawn Patrol"
Term for those golfers who are almost always first on the course every day, starting most rounds at about sunrise.


"Osama Bin Laden"
Player that goes from one bunker to another.


"Tony Blair"
A shot with too much spin.


"Snowman"
A score of 8 on a hole.


"Adolf"
Taking two shots in a bunker.


"James Joyce"
An impossible read.



"If I'm on the course and lightning starts, I get Inside fast If God wants to play through, let him." -Bob Hope.


WALTER HAGEN WAS THE BEST, having won 4 British Opens. Hagen was noted for his flamboyant behavior which included hiring a Rolls Royce and driver as a changing room, and giving his prize money after winning the British Open to his caddie.


LONGEST GOLF DRIVE EVER: 2,400 feet (nearly half a mile). Made by Astronaut Alan Shepard on the moon. (The longest drive on Earth was 648.8 yards by Kelly Murray at Fairmont Springs, B.C.)

IF A BALL BE STOPP'D BY ANY PERSON, HORSE OR DOG, OR ANYTHING ELSE, THE BALL SO STOPP'D MUST BE PLAYED WHERE IT LYES.


THE GENTLEMEN GOLFERS OF LEITH
was the earliest organized golf club, and drafted rules of the game that are still with us today.(Though with less emphasis on large mammals )


PERHAPS THE GREATEST WOMAN GOLFER in her day was Mildred 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias. She won the U.S. Women's Amateur in1946,the Women's British Amateur in 1947 and the US Women's Open in 1948,1950 and1954. The kicker is, she only took up golf after retring from an athletics career which included three Olympic gold medals and world records.

MUCH OF THE EARLY EVIDENCE OF GOLF IN SCOTLAND is found in church court records In the 16th and 17th centuries. In many parts of Scotland's east coast, parishioners were being punished for playing golf
"at the time of the preaching of the Sermon".


AT ST.ANDREWS IN 1599, miscreants were fined small sums for the first two offenses before the use of "the repentance pillar". After that, wayward souls on the golf course were excommunicated.