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10 Useful and Strange Facts in the History of Golf – Part I

It’s always good to have some pop culture information up your sleeve if you want to impress your buddies during your next Myrtle Beach golf package with your rare trivia knowledge. Throwing come useful information about the game of golf into the round can make you look like a long-time professional Myrtle Beach golf package player, even if you’re here for the first time!

Here are a few tidbits about the history of golf to get you started:

  1. At 24, the US holds the record for most World Cup victories. Both Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are the most successful Americans with 6 wins, and 4 wins together. On a side note: Arnold Palmer also won 95 professional tournaments!
  2. The most famous left-handed golfer is actually right-handed! As a child, Phil Mickelson mirrored his father’s game, thus becoming a left handed golfer, even though he is right handed. He is known for never using right-handed clubs in his entire career.
  3. Only golf and the javelin throw have been played on the moon. Back in February of 1971, Apollo 14 member Alan Shepard hit a ball with a six-iron (he had to swing with only one hand due to his pressure suit). Around the same time as the golf ball was hit, they also threw a javelin. The golf ball and javelin are still there! In 2006, Russian astronaut Mijail Tiurin became the first person to drive a golf ball into space.
  4. The highest golf course in the entire world is Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.
  5. Among the many celebrities who have played golf through the years, at least one – Samuel Jackson – has a special clause in all of his movie contracts that allows him to play golf twice a week while filming. Maybe he needs to take a break after working with all the snakes!

We’ll post the final 5 in another blog Friday!