Interesting golf facts

Here are some interesting facts about the game of golf:

The longest put in history was measured at 140 feet and 2 3/4 inches on the 18th hole at St. Andrews golf course it was shot by Bob Cook on October 1, 1976.
There are 11 000 golf courses in North America.
There are over 50 million golfers in the world.
American’s spend more than 600 million dollars on golf balls every year.
The Longest Hole in the World is the 7th hole of the Sano Course, at the Satsuki Golf Club, in Japan. Its a huge 909 yards from the tee box to the hole. It is a par 7.
The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.
Golf was actually invented in Japan.
In Japan they use plastic golf balls.
The putter is the most-used club in golf.
Putters generally come in three styles of club head, and three varieties of lengths. Club heads can be a traditional blade, a heel-toe club head, or a mallet club head.
Initially golf balls were made out of wood. After that they were made out of leather which was stuffed with feathers. Very different from ours today hey.
Of all the golfers in Canada, 71% golfers are male, 29% are female.
There are more recreational golfers per capita in Canada than any other country in the world.
There are three golf balls on the moon.
Tiger Woods was introduced to golf at nine months of age by his father.
The world’s first ever golf tournament for women was held on New Year’s Day 1811 at Musselburgh.
The most holes-in-one in a career is 68 by Harry Lee Bonner from 1967 to 1985.

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Winter Rules

Winter rules, also known as “preferred lies,” is one of the most misunderstood concepts in golf. Winter rules refers to a practice that most recreational players take part in at some point, and that golf courses may encourage, but which few really understand.

Also, the attitude of the USGA and R&A, golf’s governing bodies, toward winter rules or preferred lies changed with the publication of the 2004 edition of the Rules of Golf.

We’ll attempt here to clear up some of the confusion and misconceptions about winter rules. But first let’s explain what most golfers mean when they use the terms “winter rules” or “preferred lies.”

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Granted, the largest and loudest gallery at the Waste Management Phoenix Open is always situated in the stands that circle the perimeter of the par-3 16th green.

Fans who enjoy getting out and walking 18 holes with their favorite players, though, are in for a treat on Thursday and Friday.

That’s because the wildly popular Phil MickelsonRickie Fowler and Dustin Johnson are playing together. The threesome tees off the 10th tee at 10:06 a.m. ET on Thursday and 2:15 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Bent Brook Super Bowl Tourney

Come out and play in our 2nd Annual Bent Brook Super Bowl tourney! 2 man scramble, shotgun start at 10AM on Super Bowl Sunday. Call the shop for more details 205-424-2368

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Groupon

Click on this link to purchase discounted golf lessons on Groupon! http://www.groupon.com/birmingham/

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Bent Brook’s online store

Avoid the busy malls this year and buy online. Check out our online store and take care of your Christmas shopping today!
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Kaymer hopes to hold off McDowell for money title

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After struggling in Singapore and missing last week’s Hong Kong Open, PGA champion Martin Kaymer is counting on a victory in this week’s Dubai World Championship to clinch his first European Tour money title.

The $7.5 million season-ending tournament in the Race to Dubai series starts Thursday with the German leading Graeme McDowell by $395,395 and top-ranked Lee Westwood by $1.25 million in the 60-player field.

McDowell, the U.S. Open champion, is the only player who could catch the 25-year-old Kaymer. McDowell could capture the title by winning the tournament or ending up alone in second as long as Kaymer finishes no higher than a tie for third.

Kaymer, who skipped the Hong Kong Open to rest up for Dubai, called this week “the biggest of my career so far” and said winning would complete three goals he set for himself: to win a major, win the Ryder Cup and become the No. 1 golfer in Europe.

“So two-thirds are done and hopefully this week I can win the Race To Dubai and become the No. 1 in Europe,” he said. “So then I have done everything in one year. It would be fantastic.”

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Thanksgiving

We will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.

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Woods gives Twitter a try

Tiger Woods is now on Twitter.

Returning from a two-week trip to Asia and Australia, Woods posted his first tweet on Wednesday: “What’s up everyone. Finally decided to try out twitter!”

The Twitter account actually was launched in June, the name — “TigerWoods” — reserved about a year before that. The previous three tweets were to announce a new Twitter page, website design and Facebook page.

The first tweet from Woods came at 11:08 a.m. Woods had just over 90,000 followers then, and within an hour, he already had added some 10,000 more.

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Does America still produce the best golfers?

On Monday, a strange thing happened. Tiger Woods was replaced atop the World Golf Rankings. It has only happened two other times, once by David Duval and the other by Vijay Singh, but for the most part, Woods has been the best golfer in the world, rankings assured.

That is obvious, but what isn’t is how dominate the Americans really are anymore. Does the good ‘ol US-of-A still produce the best professionals on the links? Some facts are pointing towards a big, cheeseburger-induced no.

First, just look at the team competitions, when American brings their best against the world. Since 1995, American Ryder and President Cup teams are 6-7, with a tie tossed in at the 2003 Presidents Cup matches in South Africa. During that same span, the United States are 2-6 in the Ryder Cup, losing four of the last five matches played against the Europeans.

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