The longest golf course in the world is the par-72, 8,548-yard Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club in Lijiang, China. The course is 10,800 feet above sea level, the second highest in the world.

Okay, I admit it.  The information in this week’s posting won’t lower your handicaps, improve your attitude or suggest where to go for your next buddies’ trip.  It’s what I call fun-to-know-not-need-to-know information.  This is the type of information that may actually impress a few of your less well-read friends.

Now we know why first and foremost Titleist considers itself a golf ball company:

- According to Golf World magazine, the average golfer loses two balls per round for a worldwide total of approximately 2,465,752 every day.

- However, don’t worry about a golf ball shortage. Titleist alone makes 1.2 million golf balls each day.  

      Splish Splash! – Every year, roughly 125,000 balls are hit into the water surrounding TPC Sawgrass’ infamous island green 17th hole.

      Most holes-in-one in a single round of golf: The most holes-in-one in a single round of golf is three, achieved by American Patrick Wills at the Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA, on June 22, 2015.  He set the record in the second round of a three-round 2015 Summer Solstice Tournament.  If you would like to read all about it, go here.

      GOING LOW! There has been one 58 on the PGA Tour and eight 59s.

      - 58 -

      First and only 58 shot on the PGA Tour: On August 7, 2016, Jim Furyk shot a 12-under 58 at TPC River Highlands in the Travelers Championship.  He had 10 birdies, an eagle and seven pars.  He finished the tournament 11 under par and in a tie for 5th place.  Russell Knox won the with a 14 under par 266.

      - 59 -

      Al Geiberger, second round of the 1977 Memphis Classic, 13-under 59 (29-30). Geiberger won the tournament and is still the only player in PGA Tour history to win a non-major without a single round in the 60s.  His three other rounds at the Memphis Classic were 72, 72 and 70. He won by three strokes over runners-up Jerry McGee and Gary Player. 

      Chip Beck, third round of the five-round 1991 Las Vegas Invitational.  He had 13 birdies and five pars 59 (30-29).  Beck finished in a tie for third.

      David Duval, final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Classic, 13-under 59 (30-29).  He eagled the par 5 18thand defeated Steve Pate by one shot.

      Paul Goydos, second round of the 2010 John Deere Classic, 12-under 59 (31-28).  He birdied every hole on the back nine except for the 5th, where he holed a 6-footer for par.  Steve Stricker shot a 60 that day and defeated Goydos by two strokes.

      Stuart Appleby, final round of the 2010 Greenbrier Classic, 11-under 59 (28-31).  It was the first 59 recorded on a par-70 course, TPC Old White Course.  He won by a stroke over Jeff Overton.

      Jim Furyk, second round of the 2013 BMW Championship, 12-under 59 (31-28).  Remarkably, he overcame a 3-putt bogey from 30 feet on his 14th hole of the day and strong and had to contend with gusty winds.  He would finish the tournament in third place, three behind winner Zach Johnson.

      Justin Thomas, first round at the 2017 Sony Open in Hawaii, 11-under 59 (30-29).  Like Duval at PGA West in 1999, he finished his round with an eagle on No. 18. At 23 years old, Thomas became the youngest player with a sub-60 score in PGA Tour history.  He defeated Justin Rose by seven strokes. After the 59, he had  rounds of 64, 65, 65.The 27-under 253 total by Thomas is a PGA Tour 72-hole record.

      Adam Hadwin, third round at the 2017 CareerBuilder Challenge, 13-under 59 (29-30).  The Canadian had 13 birdies at La Quinta Country Club and finished in second place, one behind Hudson Swafford.  His 59 came just one week after the 59 by Thomas.

                    PGA Tour Putting Statistics

                    - PGA Tour Putting Average — makes from 3 feet: 99.42%

                    - PGA Tour Putting Average — makes from 6 feet: 70.98%

                    - PGA Tour Putting Average — 3-Putt Avoidance >25′: 91.71% (This means they 3-putt 9.29 percent of the time outside of 25 feet.)

                    Most PGA Tour After the Age of 40

                    - 22 – Vijay Singh

                    - 17 – Sam Snead

                    - 11 – Kenny Perry

                    - 10 – Julius Boros

                     - 7 --  Gene Littler & Dutch Harrison 

                    The Record For Most Walking Rounds In One Year

                    On Dec. 31, 2016, at Flintrock Falls at The Hills Country Club in Lakeway, TX, Barry Gibbons, a retired IBM executive, set the world record for most rounds walking and carrying a golf bag in a calendar year – 878 rounds, which covered 15,804 holes on 21 different courses. 

                    The Longest Golf Course In The United States

                    The longest golf course in the U.S. is The International Golf Club's Pines Course in Bolton, MA.  It is an 8,325-yard, par-73 course. Geoffrey Cornish and Francis Ouimet originally designed the course, which opened in 1901 as a nine-hole course.  In 1957, it was expanded to 18 holes.  Robert Trent Jones Sr. redesigned it in 1972.  At the time, it was the longest course in the world.

                    The second longest golf course in the U.S. is also a Robert Trent Jones design. It's the 8,191-yard Ross Bridge course in Hoover, Ala.

                    Play Away!

                    Allan (a 12)


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