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Some Facts about Golf

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According to the National Golf Foundation, approximately 37.5 million Americans over the age of 6 played golf both on- and off-course in 2021. This number consists of 25.1 million players who participated on-course and 12.4 million Americans who participated in off-course golf.

These statistics prove that most Americans enjoy playing golf. After all, the game is versatile, complex, and demanding, but also rewarding and fulfilling. Golf has a rich history and various intricate details that make the sport more interesting.  

Grab your professional golf gloves because today, we're discussing these interesting facts about golf.

Fact #1: Golf Is One of the Most Popular Sports in The World

Golf actually ranks as the 10th most popular sport in the world when it comes to participation. A study conducted by the R&A and Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) revealed that golf has spiked in popularity in recent years. In fact, the total number of golfers across the globe has increased from 61 million to a whopping 66.6 million within 5 years.

In saying that, golf is not only popular for participation. In fact, approximately a whopping 9.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the final round of the Masters' Tournament on TV in 2021.

Fact #2: Golf Began in Scotland

You can trace back the modern game of golf to 15th Century Scotland. The game was played somewhere close to the royal capital of Edinburgh. In 1744, (later known as) the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers laid down the foundation of the first rules of the game. At the time, they were known as the Thirteen Articles. They made the rules for the world's first 'open' golf competition that took place at Leith by the Gentlemen Golfers of Edinburgh.

Fact #3: Golf Was Banned

Today, golf might seem the furthest thing away from a rebellious sport. However, that wasn’t always the case.

As a matter of fact, golf was banned not once but thrice in the very place it was invented in. That was because the government believed it interfered with the citizens' military training. It disrupted their training so much that King James II banned the sport in 1457. However, in 1502, King James IV of Scotland gave the game the royal seal of approval and became the world’s first reigning golfing monarch.

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