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  • 10 of the most dangerous golf courses in the world

    (AP Photo - Hans Merensky Golf Course, South Africa)

    1. Abbottabad Golf Club, Pakistan: Abbottabad Golf Club, also known as Piffer Golf Club, is located about 1.5 miles away from the compound where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a covert operation undertaken by SEAL Team Six in May of 2011.

    2. Pyongyang Golf Course, North Korea: Oppressive regime. An unbelievable course record, the score was set by Kim Jong II, who is said to have shot a 34-under 38 in the one and only round he ever played. Over 18 holes, in 1994, he reportedly notched 11 holes-in-one. The achievement grows all the more amazing once you see the venue.  Tight and tree-lined, with fairways flanked by ledges that drop in oblivion, this is a fittingly penal layout.

    3. Ebla Cham Palace Hotel, Syria: The golf course at the Ebla Cham Palace Hotel in the Syrian capital of Damascus remains open despite the widespread violence that has engulfed the country as open rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad has given way to civil war.

    4. Hans Merensky Golf Course, South Africa: When people here refer to a scary 15-footer, the odds are they’re not describing a lengthy putt. Cut through Kruger National Park, this course counts giant crocodiles among its hazards. As you go about your round, look for a baby springbok dangling from the trees. Leopards leave them hanging. Hippos yawn in the greenside ponds. Though injuries are rare, fatalities have happened. In 1998, a bull elephant stomped to death a golfer on the 16th green. This quirky course is part golf, part wildlife safari.

    5. Uummannaq Golf Course, Greenland: A cold streak can hit you on any golf course. Hypothermia is something else. The northern-most layout on the planet, Uummannaq plays host to the World Show Golf Championships. Collared shirts and shorts… maybe not. Try thermals and down parkas, in temperatures that drop as far as 30-below.

    6. Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia: If your hands are shaking it could be first tee jitters, but it also might be brought on by the active volcano Mt.Merapi. Several eruptions have occurred in recent years, including a disaster in 2010 in which ash, smoke and lava flow caused more that 350 deaths.

    7. Prison View Golf Course: Plenty of courses ask for proof of handicap. Prison View requires a background check. As its name suggests, this 9-holer lies within the walls of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a notorious lock-up known as Angola, the largest maximum-security person in the land. No booze or cameras allowed on the grounds. Along with background checks, visitors must consent to a vehicle search.

    8. Camp Bonifas, South Korea: Play this game for long enough and you’re going to have a blow-up. With any luck, it won’t happen here, just a single hole, a 192 yards par-three with an Astroturf Green. Though a sign has been placed beside it that puts the matter clearly: “Danger. Do Not Retrieve Balls from the Rough Line Mine Fields.” According to the Wasington Post, at least one tee shot has exploded a land mine.

    9. Kabul Golf Club, Afghanistan: If golf seems trivial in a war-torn nation, don’t tell that to Mohammad Afzal Abdul, owner operator at this bare-bone five-hole course outside the Afghan capital. Given the risks not many people play it. But those that do get to see the sand-green course for what it is; a hope filled project in a ravaged land.

    10. Nullarbor Links, Australia: With its 90 miles walk to the next tee. That’s the longest haul between holes on the Nullarbor Links, which runs 848 miles across the Australian Outback, a wildly isolated region that happens to be home to some of the world’s deadliest snakes.

    Source: Golf, 14 October 2014, https://www.golf.com/photos/scariest-golf-courses-world.


  • Interesting Golf Statistics:

    There have been many facts and tips that we mentioned before in our older articles, but we haven’t mentioned all of them yet.

    We bring you the next batch of golf statistics that you might find interesting for those curious about golf news. This includes facts, tips and news.

    1. Sixty percent said they bend or break the rules at least once a round. Twenty-seven percent said they do it two to three times a round.
    2. Only two sports have ever been played while on the moon. One is golf and the other is the javelin throw.
    3. If you walked all eighteen holes instead of riding in a golf cart, you would walk approximately four miles.
    4. The chance of making two hole-in-ones in a single game is 1 in 67 million.
    5. A “condor” is term given to a hole-in-one on a par 5. It is almost as rare as two hole-in-ones in a single game of golf.
    6. Until the invention and rising popularity of the golf tee, golfers played off of sand piles they built themselves.
    7. The average golfer has a 12,500 to 1 chance of making a hole-in-one.
    8. The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan, measuring a whopping 909 yards.
    9. The largest bunker in the world can be found at Pine Valley Course, New Jersey. Hell’s Half Acre, as it has come to be known, can be found on the 585-yard 7th hole of the course.
    10. 9 times the World No. 1 ranking changed hands in 2018, the most times since the ranking’s inception in 1986.
    11. The highest golf course in the world is the Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, which sits 14,335 feet above sea level at its lowest point.
    12. Almost 80% of golfers will never have a handicap under 18.
    13. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
    14. A golf ball will travel further on hot days, because the air is less dense, so it takes less velocity to travel.
    15. In the 2017/18 seasons, about 144 thousand boys participated in a high school golf program.
    16. In addition, the game enables nearly $4 billion in charitable donations each year – more than all other sports.

    We are proud to be part of the charity statistic mentioned in number 16 on our list.

    Source: Nifty Golf, https://www.niftygolf.com/blog/golf-statistics/ .


  • 2019's New & Changed Golf Rules

    The following are 20 rules that were added or changed during this year.

    The list will touch on the following subjects:

    • Ball drops
    • Search time
    • Penalties
    • Bunker play
    • Pace of the game just to name a few…

    Link to the list: https://www.randa.org/RulesEquipment/Rules/20RulesMustKnows.


  • The Origins of the Golf Ball

    Did you ever wonder how the first golf ball looked like?

    Well this article will show you the evolution of the golf ball from their origins to our modern day golf balls.

    Our first look at the design of a golf ball will be in the 14th Century. When the golf balls where originally made out of wood, specifically Beech or Boxroot, by carpenters using hand tools. The ball wasn’t perfectly round.

    The feathery golf ball started in the 1400’s. The Ball consisted of a leather sack filled with boiled goose feathers that was stitched and painted.

    It was later believed that in 1618 a new type of golf ball was made by creating a a cow sphere stuffed with goose feathers.

    The Feathery golf had great flight characteristics but was expensive and consumed a lot of time to make. A skilled Feathery golf ball maker could produce 4 balls a day.  Feathery wasn’t truly round balls when made.

    In 1848 Rev.Dr.Robert Adams created a golf ball called the Gutty (also known as a Gutta Percha). He discovered that the sap from a sapodilla tree could be heated up, placed in a mold and would then dry hard. The ball had a rubber-like texture. The Gutty made a great impact on the game of golf, due to the balls affordability, playability and durability.

    It was discovered that when using a nicked gutty versus a brand new one, that the nicked gutty was more consistent with it flight path. People observed that the little nicks helped stabilize the ball during flight.

    Coburn Haskell then created the rubber core golf in 1898 in association with the BF Goodrich Company. The new golf ball design featured a solid rubber core, high tensioned rubber threads that were wrapped around the core and then covered by Gutta Percha.

    In the present date a two-piece solid Syrlin covered ball are more commonly used by amateurs.  These balls are considered to be more durable than the Balata and the Syrilin golf balls are longer airborne and moves in a straighter direction.

    Current golf ball designs has grown to new heights thanks to the golf ball manufactures competing to see who can create the best high-performance golf ball for a game of golf.

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  • When to use the right golf club?

    Newcomers don’t always know the difference between their golf clubs when they play golf.

    A golf club has 3 components that can tell you the difference of each club. The Head, the Shaft and the Grip.

    A modern set of golf clubs typically consists of three woods (the 1-driver, 3 and 5), at least 1 hybrid (3H) seven irons (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and PW) and a putter. This gives you a total of twelve clubs. The rules permit you to carry a total of fourteen clubs in your bag. Majority of golfers add another wedge or hybrid.

    Woods

     

    Woods are used to hit long shots. It is customary to use your woods when you are 175 yards or more away from the green.

    The driver (also known as the 1 wood) has the lowest loft of any golf club. Loft is the angle of the clubface that controls trajectory and affects distance. A driver has a loft between 7 and 12 degrees.

    Most golfers also carry 3 and 5 woods in their bag. A 3 wood has a loft between 15 and 18 degrees, and a 5 wood has a loft between 20 and 22 degrees. The higher the golf club numbers the higher the loft. The higher the golf club number also means shorter club shaft length. The 3 wood and 5 wood are commonly referred to as fairway woods, because they are most often used during the second shot of the play (when you are supposed to be on the fairway of the golf hole).  All higher lofted woods (7, 9, 11, and so on) are commonly referred to as utility woods.

    Hybrids

     

     

    Hybrids are a combination of a fairway wood head design and an iron length shaft. The idea is to give the golfer a more forgiving option when compared to long irons, which are more difficult to hit.

    Wedges

     

     

    Wedges are really just specialty irons. The first wedge is the pitching wedge (PW), which is usually about 46-48 degrees in loft. Wedges generally increase in increments of 4 degrees loft. So wedges commonly come in 48, 52, 56, 60 and 64 degree lofts. The PW is the highest lofted iron in a standard set and lowest loft of the wedges. Following the PW with higher lofts are the approach wedge (AW), sand wedge (SW), the lob wedge (LW), and the high-lob wedge.

    Wedges are extremely useful to your game and most golfers have a few of them. Wedges are generally designed as "blade clubs" because you are close enough to the green that the game improvement design elements such as wide soles are less important.

      Irons

     

     

    Irons are generally used when you are less than 200 yards away from the green. The closer you are to the green, the higher the iron you will use. A standard set of irons consists of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 irons and the pitching wedge (PW). The 3 and 4 irons are harder to hit than the higher number irons.

    Putter

     

     

    A putter is a golf club with a special purpose: getting the ball into the hole. The putter is used on the green and there are many styles of putters: short, belly, long, bent, center-hosel, heel-toe, mallet, and so on.

    Credit/Source: Pinemeadow Golf, https://www.pinemeadowgolf.com/golf-clubs-101/1-basics.