Deer Creek Golf Club has all of the best facts about golf and one of the best South Florida golf courses. Some of these facts surprise even the most avid golfers, and they are sure to surprise you as well!

  1. Modern day golf was invented during the year 1457 in Scotland. South Florida golf courses came much later
  2. Golf was banned three times for years after it was invented because the Scottish government believed it interfered with military training.
  3. Because every list of facts about golf needs a one, here is a Tiger fact: Tiger Woods has won an astounding 77 PGA tournaments to date.
  4. And another: Tiger Woods made his first hole-in-one at the age of eight.
  5. Almost 80% of golfers will never have a handicap under 18.
  6. Phil Mickelson is naturally right handed, but as a child he mirrored his father’s swing and learned to swing as though he was left handed.
  7. The average golfer has a 12,500 to 1 chance of making a hole-in-one. Tell that to all of patrons at the South Florida golf courses right now!
  8. The first round of women’s golf was played in the year 1811 in Musselburgh, Scotland.
  9. The first golf balls were made of feathers wrapped in leather. They flew much further than the balls that came after and were used until the mid-1800s.
  10. After feathers, golf Balls were made of wood.
  11. Golf was one of the only sports played on the moon. Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. used a 6-iron to play golf on the moon! This is a fact about golf we should all be proud of!
  12. Before golf tees, players would shape mounds of sand and place the golf ball on top. Tees were finally popularized in the 1920s.
  13. The longest putt was a mind blowing 375 feet.
  14. Although the Augusta is revered by South Florida golf courses and players all over the world, the original Augusta National was plagued by many issues for the first 20 years that it almost never happened. It had the misfortune of being founded just before the Great Depression, and it did not gain traction until years after World War II.
  15. The term “birdie” was coined accidentally by Ab Smith who hit a “bird of a shot” in 1889.
  16. A score of three under par is called an “Albatross”.
  17. A “condor” is term given to a hole-in-one on a par 5. It is almost as rare as two hole-in-ones in a single game of golf.
  18. The chance of making two hole-in-ones in a single game is 1 in 67 million.
  19. Deer Creek Golf Club, a premiere South Florida golf course, was designed by the legendary Arthur Hills.
  20. The original Augusta was intended to have a hole 19, giving losing golfers a chance to win their money back on a quick round of double-or-nothing. It was indefinitely tabled because the hole would ruin the flow of the golf course.

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