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South Park Trivia for May, 2014

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South Park Clubhouse and Some Golfing Trivia

When you play golf in South Park, you will be teeing off at about 743 feet above sea level. This beautiful 18-hole course was built in 1929 by the Swiss-born landscape architect Paul B. Riis. One golf pro called South Park Golf Course "a beautiful, natural layout that is worthy of a national championship."1

Notice the golfers and pine tree motif embedded in the brickwork of the clubhouse.

1Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Some Golf Trivia

  • The word golf comes from the Medieval Dutch word “kolf” or “kolve” which meant “club.”
  • The term “caddie” can be traced to Mary, Queen of Scots. Young male students called cadets and prounounced “cad-day” carried her golf clubs for her. As a young girl, she was a very passionate golfer.
  • The first golf balls were made of boiled goose feathers and bore little resemblance to the golf balls of today.
  • Since the 1700s, St. Andrews “The Royal & Ancient Golf Club,” founded in 1754, has been considered the ancestral home of golf.
  • There are 690 golf courses in Pennsylvania. Florida (1,055), California (928) and New York (832) have the highest number and DC (4), Alaska (24) and Delaware (42) have the lowest number.
  • It is estimated that 300 million golf balls are lost or discarded in the U.S. alone annually.
  • William Howard Taft was the nation’s first golfing president.
  • Golf is only one of two sports, the other being the javelin throw, to have ever been played on the moon. In February 6, 2021 Alan Shepard (Apollo 14) hit a ball with a six-iron. Because of his pressure suit, he swung one-handed.
  • The longest golf hole in the world is the 7th hole (par 7) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. It measures an incredible 909 yards
  • 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.
  • The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was Coby Orr, who was five years old at the time. It happened in Littleton, Colorado, in 1975.

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Last Updated 04/26/2014