5 surprising facts about golf

When you think of golf, nothing really extraordinary springs to your mind. Apparently, you instantly imagine green fields, neat and reserved players with bags packed with various golf clubs, each of which serves its purposes – in brief, a slow paced, strategic and sophisticated game. However, golf breaks records in the number of unexpected facts connected to it.

  • Golf is one of only two sports to have been played on the Moon. In 1971, Apollo 14 member Alan Shepard hit a ball with a golf club and it went over a mile into the distance thanks to the peculiarities of the Moon`s gravity. The only other sport ever played up there (at least by a human) was the javelin throw. The ball and javelin are still there!

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  • Starting in 1457, golf was banned in Scotland by the nation’s Parliament, which believed it interfered with residents’ military training.
  • One of the world’s most famous actors, Samuel L. Jackson, is also an avid golf player. As a matter of fact, the star has a contract clause to play golf at least twice a week whenever he films movies.

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  • To millions, Celine Dion is known for her unprecedented hit ‘My heart will go on’. But the singer is also a golf fanatic and owns her personal gold club in Canada.
  • During a nine-hole golf tournament, as a part of Toonik Tyme Festival held in the north of Canada, golfers have to play on a sheet of ice at extremely low temperatures, using fluorescent balls for fear of losing them in the snow.

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