6 Things You Never Knew About Golf

One of the benefits of living in Southern Arizona, aside from the beautiful landscape, warm weather, and quality of life, is the golf in Tucson. People travel from all over the world to play golf in the Sonoran Desert, and why wouldn’t they? It’s home to world-class golf courses, like. It’s a 27 hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf facility that offers stunning views of Tucson and the surrounding Arizona mountain ranges. But before you tee-off, read up on some of these interesting golf facts we bet you didn’t know.

1. It’s an Incredible Workout!

If you golf regularly, you probably know it’s good exercise, but did you know that the typical golfer burns around 431 calories per hour? That is a great way to build muscle mass and burn calories while having a great time. And then of course you have to stop at the Catalina Bar b Que and Cantina (bar) to balance out your work out.

2. The first 18-hole course was on a sheep farm!

Constructed in Downer’s Grove, Illinois in 1982, America’s first 18-hole golf course shared space with a sheep farm. That’s right, believe it or not, you can still visit the course today, although it’s since been downsized to only 9 holes. It was the vision of business man and golf-lover, Charles Blair McDonald, who built the course with his colleagues after moving to the small town in the Midwest.

3. The Longest Recorded Drive was 515 Yards!

Think you can top that? The incredible feat was pulled off by Michael Hoke Austin in 1974 during the U.S. National Seniors Tournament.

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