Tomorrow sees the world's best golfers tee off for the 42nd Ryder Cup and with Tiger Woods on top form after winning the PGA Tour Championship 2018 in Atlanta, the tension is palpable. Arguably the most exciting golf contest of the calendar sees golf fanatics from across the Atlantic and Europe descend upon the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, a suburb southwest of Paris on the outskirts of historic Versailles, France. Players and their partners dressed up in beautiful gowns and suits for the Ryder Cup Gala Dinner at the incredible Palace of Versailles on Wednesday before match preparations.
For those not lucky enough to attend the event itself, millions will tune in to watch golfing legends such as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickleson battle for the infamous trophy.
To celebrate this iconic golf tournament and all things golf, we’ve selected 10 great golf facts and trivia to educate and amuse!
Did you know...?
1. Currently there are over 2,500 golf courses in Britain.
2. About 90 golf courses in England designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), due to trees and greens habitats which are home to valued wildlife. Many other golf courses encompass Heritage Coast sites, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or listed as Historic Parklands
3. UK golfers spend £4 billion a year on their sport and the golf industry pays £1 billion in tax.
4. There are an estimated 1.5 million adult golfers in the UK - who play at least once a week and an incredible 3.9 million who play at least once a year.
5. The Rules of Golf, which are jointly governed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) and the USGA, state that the diameter of a "conforming" golf ball cannot be any smaller than 1.680 inches (42.67 mm), and the weight of the ball must not exceed 1.620 ounces (45.93 g).
6. The Ryder Cup is match play golf, which simply put, means that golfers compete for each hole as opposed to playing for a cumulative score at the end of a round.
7. Incredibly in 2002 following victory, the European Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance is quoted as saying “Hurry up with your questions. It sounds like a hell of a party out there.” while exhaling cigarette smoke through his nostrils after his team’s victory – very much a sign of the times!
8. Tactu Golf Club in Morococha, Peru, is highest golf course in the world sitting 14,335 feet above sea level.
9. Although the jury is out as to the world’s longest putt, Guinness World Records has verified a 395ft (120m) putt by an Australian trick-shot team in 2017.
10. Nullarbor Links in Australia is reputed to be the world’s longest golf course at 850 miles for the 18-hole par 73 golf course.
Passionate about golf...
Norfolk is passionate about golf and along with the great weather conditions it experiences, makes for a one of the leading golf destinations in the UK. With a rich mix of courses from the established Eaton Golf Club and Hunstanton to Heacham Manor Golf Club - a Golf World Top 100 Stay & Play Resort, Norfolk offers golfing experiences for all.
If you’re looking for a great golf getaway suitable for all the family and golfing abilities then Heacham Manor Golf Breaks are unrivalled in Norfolk. You can view videos of Heacham Manor Golf Course hole overviews to plan play and pick up Pro tips on the 18 hole undulating 'links style' course. After a round of golf, relax in our Mulberry Spa before enjoying fine wine and dining in our Mulberry Restaurant.
Alternatively, Searles Leisure Resort in Hunstanton offers fun golf for the experienced or beginner golfer. Home to a public access 10 bay golf driving range, PGA Professional, practice facilities, 9-hole links style par-34 course, golf shop, and Fountain Sports Bar - Searles is the most accessible golf course on the Norfolk coast.
Heacham Manor Hotel and Searles Leisure Resort are both part of the Searles Leisure Group.