The hottest ticket in the world this month was a front row seat to the British Open at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, Scotland. In truth, St. Andrews is the Mecca of golf, and the bucket lists of avid and amateur golfers will include a round here.
I’m no exception. Although last fall I overnighted at the Old Course Hotel, alas, no golf for Traveling Grandmom. Sigh. Next time. I did check out the Old Course and step my foot on the holy greens.
With all this golf excitement in the Scottish air, I thought other golf fans might be interested in a little golf trivia, courtesy of Ask.com. This year Ask.com chose golf as an area to focus its research on. As a question and answer site that receives more than 1 million specific questions everyday, Ask.com is shining a spotlight on the most frequently asked questions about golf.
Here’s one to get you started…Do you know what percentage of golfers shoot under 100?
Test your golf knowledge with the following questions:
Top Ten Golf Questions on Ask.com (answers below…Don’t peek!)
1. What does golf stand for?
2. How long does it take to play 18 holes of golf?
3. What Percentage of Golfers Shoot under 100?
4. What degree is a pitching wedge?
5. How many calories do I burn playing golf?
6. How do you fix a slice in golf?
7. How many golf clubs can you carry?
8. How do you calculate your golf handicap?
9. What is an albatross in Golf?
10. What does slope rating mean on a golf course?
1. The word golf likely originated from the Medieval Dutch word “kolf” or “kolve” which meant “club”.
2. Four hours is the estimate most people give for 18 holes.
3. There are 27 million golfers in America. Only 5 percent of them will ever break 100, and of that 5 percent only 2 percent of them will ever break 80.
4. A pitching wedge is set at a 45 degree angle.
5. How many calories a person burns while playing golf depends on three factors. One is body weight, as larger people burn more calories than their smaller counterparts. A second factor is how much time is spent playing golf, and the third aspect has to do with how active that person is on the range. A person who weighs 150 pounds and plays golf for two hours while he is carrying his clubs will burn 750 calories. A heavier person, weighing 200 pounds, will burn even more. During a two hour golf game, a 200-pound person carrying his golf clubs will burn 1,000 calories.
6. To fix a golf swing slice, it’s important to realize that a slice is caused by the club face being left open when you strike the ball. Discover how you can fix your slice with help from a professional golf…
7. The rules of golf allow you to carry fourteen clubs in your bag, so many golfers add another iron or a specialty wood to the traditional set.
8. After figuring out a golf course’s rating, take the score and subtract it from the course rating before multiplying it times 113 and dividing this number by the slope of the course. Take five scores and multiply the lowest by .96 to get a handicap.
9. Albatross is another term for a double eagle, or 3-under par on any one hole.
10. Slope rating is a numerical index of difficulty for an average (bogey) golfer. The higher the slope number, the more difficult the course is for the bogey golfer.
How many did you answer correctly?