So with the Xmas season upon us, we thought we would give you some golf trivia on which to impress your friends this Christmas!
As such, we turned to regular TSG Newsletter columnist ‘Scottish Bob’ to share with us some great golf trivia nuggets he’s been researching in 2019…
‘Scottish Bobs’ Golf Trivia – The Rules of golf…
In the few short years that I have been playing golf, and trying to come to terms with my inadequate knowledge of the rules.
I decided to delve a little deeper into how these rules came about.
The Earliest known rules of golf were drafted in Edinburgh in March 1744 for the worlds first “Open “ golf competition at Leith, by the Gentlemen Golfers of Edinburgh.
Who would later go on to become, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, the draft consisted of only 13 rules.
John Rattray Captain 1744-1747 said…
Golf Trivia – The First Set of Rules of Golf from 1744
- You must Tee your Ball within a Clubs length of the Hole.
- Your Tee must be upon the ground.
- You are not to change the Ball which you Strike of the Tee.
- You are not to remove, Stones, Bones, or any break Club, for the sake of playing your Ball, Except upon the fair green and that only/ within a Clubs length of your Ball.
- If your Ball comes among water or any watery filth, you are at liberty to take out your Ball & bringing it behind the hazard and Teeing it, you may play it with any Club and allow your Adversary a Stroke for so getting out your Ball.
- If your Balls be found anywhere touching one another, You are to lift the first Ball, till you play the Last.
- At Holling, you are to play your Ball, honestly for the hole, and not to play upon your Adversary’s ball, not lying in your way to the hole..
- If you should lose your Ball, by it’s taken up, or any other way, you are to go back to the Spot, where you struck last, and drop another ball, and allow your adversary a Stroke for the misfortune.
- No man at Holling his Ball is allowed, to mark his way to the hole with his club, or anything else.
- If a Ball is stopp’d by any person, Horse, Dog, or anything else, The Ball so stopp’d, must be played where it lyes.
- If you draw your club in Order to Strike, & proceed so far in the Stroke as to be e Accounted a Stroke.
- He whose Ball lyes farthest from the hole is obliged to play first.
- Neither Trench, Ditch, or Dyke, made for the preservation of the links, nor the Scholar’s Hole’s, or the Soldier’s Lines, Shall be accounted a Hazard, But the Ball is to be taken out teed/and played with any iron club.
Golf Trivia – Today’s Rules of Golf…
For many years there were two sets of rules golf, codified by the U.S.G.A. and the R.&.A., beginning in 1952 the two groups standardized the rules, publishing a new set every two years with minor changes.
However, it was not until 1990 that the two sets of Rules truly became one, as both groups settled upon a standard set of rules for the game of golf.
The biggest difference for many years was that the R.&.A. allowed play with a 1.62 inch diameter ball, while the U.S.G.A ball was standardized at 1.68 inches.
There are 3 basic premises governing the Rule of Golf 1) Play the ball as it lies. 2) Play the course as you find it. 3) If you are unable to do either 1 or 2 ,do what is fair.
Since these set of rules were set over 375 years ago there have been many changes, and today there are 34 rules of golf with many sub-rules, and sub-sub rules, and far to many to mention here today and you can see the original set of rules in the National Library of Scotland.
Golf Trivia – Unique Golf Rules…
Many of you fellow golfers who are reading this have no doubt played golf in different parts Europe and other part of the world, and may have come across some different rules on your scorecard for that particular golf club and some of them can be quite unique and humorous.
While collecting scorecards for my collection I come across quite a few unique golf courses with some very humorous rules which I would like to share one with you all.
My first golf course Royal Toberua is on the beautiful island of Toberua in the Fijian Islands, it is quoted as the South Pacific’ s most exclusive club.
This 9 hole par 3, beach golf course was founded in 1985 by celebrated Australian artist Ken Done and is only playable at low tide.
Course rules include:
- Air swings are not counted.
- On the line is considered in the circle.
- The player with the lowest score is the winner.
‘Local’ rules include:
- Sea snakes may be lifted and dropped two club-lengths without penalty.
- It is absolutely forbidden to wear long socks with shorts.
- Guest out walking shall be treated as hazards.
- The sea shall be treated as casual water, and a ball may be retrieved and dropped no nearer to the hole without penalty.
- Taking the game to seriously shall incur a “Shout at the bar “
I hope that many of you fellow golfers find these local golf rules as amusing as I did.
However, it is a fact is that there are THREE species of sea snakes that are found along the waters of the rugged Fijian coastline
These include the highly venomous black & white banded sea krait.
While their venom is 20 times stronger than any land snake, it is reported that their little mouths are very small and cannot open them very wide.
In addition, the sea snake is very docile. BUT be careful when & if you decide to pick one up to remove it.
“Til next time Happy Golfing”