By Ish Codner, Contributor and Guest Blogger
Up until the mid-19th century, golf balls were typically made of feathers that were boiled and then stuffed into a leather pouch, which was then sewn up into a ball shape. The first golf balls used in the 16th century are believed to have been made of wood.
Not all golf balls have the same number of dimples. the ideal ball will usually have between 380 and 432 dimples.
Golf was banned by the Scottish Parliament of James II in 1457. Golf was forbidden on Sundays because it interfered with military training for the wars against the English. The ban on golf lasted until 1502, when the signing of the Treaty of Glasgow between England and Scotland, ended the wars and lifted the ban on golf.
Golf is the only sport played on the moon. On February 6, 1971, Alan Shepard, one of the seven original astronauts, hit two golf balls while on the lunar surface.
The chance of an average golfer making a hole in one is approximately 12,500 to 1, with the odds of a tour professional at 2,500:1! It is customary to share your good luck by throwing a party complete with gifts for all your friends.
Hole- in-one insurance, a real thing apparently, works a lot like any other kind of insurance policy, except that instead of insuring your property against damage, you pay a premium to eliminate the risk of having to pay for a prize if someone makes a hole in one during your golf event. This is very big in japan.