Golf Facts for Kids – 5 Glamorous Facts about Golf

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Golf is really cool game to learn! Let’s discover five glamorous golf facts for kids.

Golf Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Golf Balls Were Originally Made of Wood

The first golf balls were made entirely of wood. It is thought that these golf balls were used from the 14th century until the 17th century. Since these balls were made of wood they would only last for a few games before they needed to be replaced. After wooden balls, feather golf balls were introduced.

These golf balls were known as a “featherie”  A featherie was essentially a leather ball stuffed with wet bird feathers. These golf balls were then painted white for protection and visibility. Can you imagine using a featherie golf ball to play golf nowadays?

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Golf Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Golf Was Played on The Moon

Yes, you heard me right, golf has even been played on the Moon. Golf is one of only two sports to ever be played on the moon. On the 6th of February 1971 , American astronaut Alan Shepard hit a golf ball with a six-iron while on the Moon, sending the ball flying into space. The other sport that was played on the Moon is Javelin.

Golf Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Golf Was Invented in Scotland

The Scottish people invented golf in 1457. Before golf courses and clubs were created it was first played publicly on the streets. Golf was seen a male sport, like the majority of other sports. It took nearly 400 years after the creation of the sport for women to be allowed it. The Women’s Golf tournament was played on the 9th of January 1811. This first round was played in Musselburgh, Scotland. In 1867, the first women’s golf club, The Ladies Club of St Andrews was established.

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Golf Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Golf Has Its Own Lingo

Golf, like other sports, has its own language to explain shots and techniques. The course on which golf is played is known as a golf course and these courses can come in many different shapes and sizes. The maximum number of holes on one golf course is 18.

“Par” is a word used in golf to explain  the number of times a golfer is expected to hit the ball before it goes into the hole. Every hole on a golf course is rated as either a par-3, a par-4 or a par-5. A par-3 means that the golfer should get the ball in the hole in three strikes.

A “birdie” is a score of 1-under par on a hole, meaning the golfer has hit the ball in the hole in one less strike than expected. An “eagle” is 2-under par on a hole. A “bogey” is 1-over par on a hole, meaning the golfer hits the ball in the hole using one extra strike than expected.

Golf Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Golf Was Once Banned

The Scottish not only created golf but they also banned it. Golf was banned three times in Scotland from the years 1457 to 1744. During these times golf was played publicly on the streets and on business properties. The government also believed it interfered with military training. Football was also banned during this time.

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about golf as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this sport is, you can move on to learn about other sports and activities like: Table Tennis, Super Bowl, Football World Cup and Olympic Games.

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