Golf Trivia


January Trivia Question

How many rules are there in the rules of golf in 2019?
1. 145
2.   24

3.   34
4. 211


#2  Until December 31, 2018, there were 34 rules in golf, and each rule had 2-7 "sub-rules" which define the main rule in more detail. There is also a book of "decisions" to help interpret the rules or specific situations which numbers in the hundreds.

Starting January 1, 2019, the number of rules has considerably shrunk. In order to streamline and simplify the sport's regulations, there are now 24 rules, down from 34.

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November/December Trivia Question

Which celebrity/celebrities own a golf course?

1. Willie Nelson
2. Celine Dion
3. Justin Timberlake
4. All of the above
5. None of the above


4.  All of the above

Justin Timberlake is a mad keen golfer, and was first introduced to the game by his stepdad when he was 12. He has a PGA Tour Event in his name, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open, and he also has memberships at the Liberty National, New Jersey and the Lakeside Golf Club, Los Angeles so he's got both coasts covered.

In 2007 he bought a golf course in Memphis. Initially called Big Creek Golf Course, he renamed it to Mirimichi, which locally means ‘a place of happy retreat’.

Timberlake bought the golf course because he had played on it as a child. It was to have houses built on it, and he could not stand that idea. Timberlake was almost bankrupt at the time he acquired the property, but went ahead anyway.

Céline Dion is another pop star with her own golf course, Le Mirage near Montreal. The Titanic theme singer caught the golfing bug from her husband in the late-90s and went on to become a regular at pro-celebrity golf tournaments.

Willie Nelson bought Pedernales Country Club, which has a 9 hole golf course, in 1979 after it had been declared bankrupt.

October Trivia

The Ryder cup is named after British businessman Samuel Ryder. What kind of business did he run?

1. Women's clothing merchant
2. Financial advisor
3. Seed merchant
4. Golf equipment merchant

Ryder initially went to college to become a teacher but never finished his studies due to an illness. He joined his father's gardening supply business as a shipping clerk. His idea of seed catalogs and moving the company closer to railway junctions allowed the low and middle class to afford gardening.

September Trivia Question:

Which golfer is nicknamed The Golden Bear?

1.  Arnold Palmer
2.  Ernie Els
3.  Greg Norman
4.  Jack Nicklaus


Jack Nicklaus wasn't always called the Golden Bear. In fact, in the earlier days of his professional career, Nicklaus wasn't well liked by Arnold Palmer fans who resented that Nicklaus was taking Palmer's place as the best on the PGA Tour and in professional golf.  Many fans and media called Nicklaus "Fat Jack" as a reference to his husky stature.

However, by the time 1967 rolled around, Nicklaus had started to win over fans and win more majors. And it was during the 1967 U.S. Open at Baltusrol in New Jersey that Australian sportswriter Don Lawrence coined Nicklaus' nickname, Golden Bear, based on Nicklaus' blonde hair and burly physique. Nicklaus' agent Mark McCormack asked Lawrence what he thought of Nicklaus, and the writer told McCormack he thought Nicklaus looked like a “big, cuddly, golden bear.” In addition, Nicklaus attended Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio, and the school’s mascot was the Golden Bears. It all kind of fit.

As it turns out, Nicklaus liked the nickname because it played up to the idea that he had a deeper-pitched, growling voice like a bear, as opposed to his higher-pitched tone about which he was self-conscious.

Ultimately, not only did Nicklaus adopt and welcome the Golden Bear moniker, but he also made it his personal logo for his companies, akin to what Arnold Palmer did with his umbrella logo. The Golden Bear appears on Nicklaus' equipment, in the logo for his design company, in his clothing lines and ice cream, and in other business ventures.

August Trivia

How many golf balls are lost each year in the U.S.?
1. 100 million
2. 200 million
3. 300 million
4. 400 million

No one knows for sure how many golf balls are lost each year worldwide, however, there is an estimated 540 million golf balls sold in the USA every single year yet it is estimated that around 300 million of those golf balls end up getting lost during a game of golf and the statistics of bought and lost golf balls is very similar in the UK.

July Trivia Question:

How many women golfers are there in the USA?
1.  1.9 million
2.  4.9 million
3.  7.9 milliion

Answer:  Based on the 2018 report from the National Golf Foundation (reporting data for 2017), there are 4.9 million women age 18 and older that are golfers (play at least one round a year)-- that has not changed since 2016. In 2017, there were 16.2 million male golfers -- and increase over 2016. In 2017, the number of girls increased and the number of boys decreased slightly. The total number of female golfers is about 24% of all golfers in the U.S.

ARE WOMEN GOLFERS IN THE U.S.INCREASING OR DECREASING... GROWING OR DECLINING? This is the question Google reports is asked very often. The number of women golfers has increased over the last few years but has not returned to record numbers in 2006 and 2007. The steady increase in the number of girls playing golf over the last few years is likely to result in an increase in women golfers over the long term.

June Trivia Question

Why do golf balls have dimples?
1. To increase distance
2. To increase lift
3. Both 1 & 2

Answer  #3 Both 1 & 2
Reprinted from Wonderopolis...

The golf ball didn't always look like it does today. Early golf balls were actually made of leather and stuffed with wet goose feathers! These balls were called “featheries." 
Over time, manufacturers began making golf balls with the gum of the sapodilla tree. The gum was heated and formed into a perfect sphere. These golf balls were called “gutta-perchas."  Golfers believed that smooth golf balls would travel farther through the air because a smooth surface would create less wind resistance. But they were wrong!

Golfers quickly noticed smooth gutta-perchas did not soar through the air as well as featheries. Over time, however, they began to notice that scuffed, scratched and dented gutta-perchas covered a greater distance than smooth ones.

Like many inventions, the golf ball dimple was discovered accidentally. By 1930, the dimpled golf ball had become the standard in golfing.

A golf ball with dimples can travel almost twice as far as a smooth golf ball. By adding dimples to the ball, golf ball manufacturers minimize drag forces that pull back on the ball or slow it down.  Dimples also help lift the ball by forcing airflow downward, which pushes the ball upward. These are the same principles of aerodynamics that airplanes use to fly.

There are no rules about how many dimples a golf ball has to have. Most have 300 to 500 dimples. The most common number of dimples is 392.  It was once thought that the more dimples a ball had, the further it would travel. This theory has been disproved, but that hasn't stopped golf ball manufacturers from creating all sorts of dimpled balls.

May Trivia Question:

What is the driver swing speed of an average woman golfer?

1. 62 mph
2. 86 mph
3. 96 mph
4. 108 mph

Answer:  Average Speeds. The average swing speed of a female LPGA player is 94 mph with the driver and 78 mph with the 6 iron, according to data collected by TrackMan. The compares to a driver speed of 113 mph and 6-iron speed of 92 mph on the PGA Tour.

April Trivia Question:

Which of the following are naturally left handed?
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Bubba Watson

Answer: Bubba Watson is naturally left handed. If you said Phil Mickelson, you'd be wrong, he's naturally right handed. Stories have it that he learned to play watching his father. He mirrored his fathers moves which put him in the position of doing those moves left handed and that’s how he became an adept left handed player.

March Trivia Question:

What state has the most number of golf courses of any state in the USA?

Answer: With 1,534 courses, Florida scoops the top spot on this list. The superb weather experienced almost all year round is an influencing factor for why this is a golf hub. Some of the best golfers in the sport, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, have residences in this state. Florida has also hosted some PGA Tours. The facilities here are top notch with some of the best courses being Seminole Golf Club, Streamsong, and Jupiter Hills Club. California is second, hosting 1,156 courses and Michigan & Texas tie for third with 1,060 golf courses.

February Trivia Question:

Who was the first woman golfer to sweep the LPGA major tournaments in a year?

ANSWER: The LPGA was founded in 1950. In that first year, Babe Zaharias swept all of the major LPGA tournaments. In 1950 the majors consisted of 3 tournaments – the U.S. Open, Titleholders and Western Open. The number of tournaments in the LPGA’s “Majors” has varied over the years. For the 2015 LPGA season the majors are the: ANA Inspiration, Women’s PGA Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, Women’s British Open, and The Evian Championship.