DID YOU KNOW
Did you know that the game golf, as it is played today, is of Scottish origin? While there are many preceding “stick-and-ball” games, golf that is played over 18 holes is of Scottish origin. The game was so patronized by the Scottish people that the King James II banned the game in 1457, because it distracted the soldiers too much from their military training, which was done in preparation for an English attack. The monarchs were avid fans of the game, which helped popularize golf in other European countries and their colonies. They used feather-filled leather balls called “featheries” until the invention of the “gutty,” a ball made from the dried sap of the sapodilla tree. The next breakthrough in golf ball technology is the Haskell golf ball, named after the inventor, Coburn Haskell. The Haskell was the golf ball of the 20th century. A dimpled golf ball didn’t exist until the early 1900s, when David Stanley Froy, James McHardy, and Peter G. Fernie discovered that dimples make the ball more aerodynamic and easier to control. There are currently two golf balls on the lunar surface, left there when astronaut Alan Shepard played golf during the Apollo 14 mission. Shepard claims that the second golf ball travelled about 200 yards before landing.