From Scotland to the moon, get ready for a journey through the 7 Curiosities of the world of golf. Let's start in the 15th century and bring you back to the present day. Ready? Fasten your seatbelt, choose the right club, and embrace a perfect swing around the world of golf!
1. It all began in Scotland, centuries ago...
The earliest known reference to modern-day golf is traced to Scotland, in 1457. The Scottish government passed several acts banning the practice of the game, along with football (soccer), because the two sports were interfering with military training. Only years later, between the 1500s and 1600s, everyone would play golf, from the peasants to the elite.
2. From “GOLF”'s myth to the real meaning
Though you might have heard the following statement, the word “golf” is not an acronym formed from “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden”. So, setting aside this myth, where did the original word come from? The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" means "club." It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed it into "golve," "gowl," or "gouf." As a result: the word “golf” came out.
3. The evolution of the golf ball
Did you know that 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. After feathers, golf balls were made of wood, until today's most popular selection: urethane or ionomer.
4. Playing golf on the moon
On February 15th of 1971, the astronaut Alan Shepard became the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon, the most famous shot in history. He used a 6-iron to show how far the ball would go in the moon's lower gravity. Choose the right club for when it's your turn to travel to the moon!
5. The toughest hole on the PGA Tour
If you asked the members of the PGA Tour to name a hole as tough as any they play all year long, probably the 12th hole at Torrey Pines South (San Diego, California) would receive the most votes. The reason is simple: it is a hole at the cliff edge with a second shot to a raised green and surrounded by sand bunkers.
6. World Ice Golf Championship
Have you ever played golf in the snow? Every year, since 1999, the World Ice Golf Championship takes place in Uummannaq, Greenland, in temperatures that plummet to -50 Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit). This championship involves a two-day, 36-hole tournament between 36 players, where the holes are beautifully sculpted over the frozen sea.
7. Sir. Nick Faldo - knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Sir. Nick Faldo, one of golf’s all-time greats, is the only British golfer in the modern era who was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. This honor was given to him in 2009 for his services to golf. Sir Nick Faldo was also responsible for the award-winning golf course name and design Faldo Course.
Have you ever been to the Faldo Course? This Algarve golf course is located in the Algarve's golf resort Amendoeira Golf Resort and allows you to have one of the greatest experiences of golf in the Algarve.
So, now that we have “landed” from our journey, gather some friends and give us your best shots in the world-class golf course Faldo Course, in the center Algarve, at the Amendoeira Golf Resort. Let's play!