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Sports Trivia Questions - Golf Trivia

Updated on March 30, 2010
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The History of Golf

It is unclear as to the exact origins of golf. The most widely accepted theory is that golf originated in Scotland in the High Middle Ages.

It is recorded that a game similar to golf took place in the Netherlands whereby a Dutch played a game with a stick and leather ball on 26th February 1297. The winner was the person who hit the ball into a target several hundred yards away using the least number of strokes. There are some scholars that argue that this game of putting a small ball into a hole in the ground using golf clubs was also played in 17th century Netherlands, and that this predates the game in Scotland. It has also been reported that earlier accounts of a golf-like game took place in continental Europe.

New evidence appeared in April 2005 that re-invigorated the dispute concerning the origins of golf. The evidence that was unearthed by Prof. Ling Hongling of Lanzhou University suggests that a game that was very similar to modern-day golf was played in China, 500 years before golf was first mentioned in Scotland.

Chinese Records from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) describe the game by the name of chuiwan and they include drawings of the game. This game was played with 10 clubs including a cuanbang, pubang, and shaobang, which are similar to a driver, two-wood, and three-wood. It was suggested that golf was for the wealthy as the clubs were inlaid with jade and gold. It is referenced in Chinese archives that a Southern Tang official asked his daughter to dig holes as a target. It was suggested by Ling that golf was exported to Europe and then Scotland by Mongolian travelers in the late Middle Ages.

It was said by a representative of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews that "stick and ball games have been around for many centuries, but golf as we know it today, played over 18 holes, clearly originated in Scotland."

However, golf, as we know it today is generally considered to be a Scottish invention. This is because the game was mentioned in two 15th century Acts of the Scottish Parliament, which prohibited the playing of golf because it was taking time from archery practice necessary for national defense. The word "golf" may be a Scots alteration of the Dutch word "kolf" which means "stick", "club", and "bat". It is possible that all of these earlier games are ancestors of the modern game that we understand as golf.

The very first permanent golf course originated in Scotland, as well as membership in the first golf clubs. The very first set of written rules originated in Scotland, as well as the establishment of the 18-hole course. The first formalized tournament structure developed and competitions were held between various Scottish cities. It was no time at all before modern golf spread from Scotland to England and then on to the rest of the world. The oldest playing golf course in the world is The Old Links at Musselburgh Racecourse. Evidence shows that golf was played in 1672 on Musselburgh Links, even though Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly played there in 1567.

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Golf Trivia Questions

Everyone knows that Tiger Woods is the top-ranked golfer in the world today. Who is second?

Answer: Wisconsin-born Steve Stricker is second-ahead of Phil Mickelson.

What king of golf has spent his retirement years designing golf courses?

Answer: Arnold Palmer, a World Golf Hall of Famer since 1974-known as The King-has designed over 300 courses. You're also right if you said Jack Niklaus, one of several golfing great who has tried his hand at course design.

How many strokes under par is an eagle?

Answer: Two under par. This can be achieved on a 3 par hole if you make a hole in one, but it seems to happen most often on 5 par holes.

Why did South African golfing champ Gary Player always wear black?

Answer: He wanted to absorb the sun's energy. His nickname was The Black Knight.

Who has the most wins in one PGA tour event?

Answer: The late Sam Snead-the Virginia native who was known as Slammin' Sammy-had 8 wins. Tiger Woods comes in at 7, and is poised to break that record in 2010.

In 2010, the six top-ranked golfers are from only two countries. What are they?

Answer: United States (Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, and Phil Mickelson) and England (Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, and Ian Poulter).

There are four major championships in professional golf, but only one is held at the same location every year. Which is it?

Answer: The week-long Masters Tour, held in April, takes place at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

Where is the world's highest golf course?

Answer: You have to go to the Tactu Golf Club, with its lowest point at 14,335 feet above sea level, located in Morococha, Peru.

How old are you if you're playing in the Champions Tour?

Answer: You must be 50 or above.

Who is the top-ranked woman golfer as of 2010?

Answer: Mexico's Lorena Ochoa is the first male or female Mexican golfer to earn a top rank.

What actor, better known for his dancing, also loved golf?

Answer: Fred Astaire, who had a 10-handicap. Ginger Rogers golfed with him. He also did a tap-dance routine for a movie in which he hit balls while he danced.

Where did Jack Niklaus and Arnold Palmer collaborate to design a golf course?

Answer: The two of them collaborated on the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, along with Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.

How many calories do you burn playing golf?

Answer: If you weigh 175 pounds and you play for an hour, you spend 462 calories if you carry your clubs. However, if you drive around in a cart, your expenditure drops to 294. Golfers who walk have lower cholesterol levels, and you can walk about 2.5 miles in nine holes. So you're burning more than a treadmill, but less than an aerobics class.

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