Golf Facts for Kids

May 10 is celebrated as National Golf Day, a day dedicated to appreciating and engaging with the sport of golf, which is loved by people of all ages, including kids. This day provides a perfect opportunity to learn some fascinating golf facts for kids and participate in golf-related activities. You can check out all of the Fact of the Day for kids here.


  1. Golf originated in Scotland over 500 years ago.
  2. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a single round are 67 million to 1.
  3. Golf balls were originally made of wood in the 14th century.
  4. The term “birdie” comes from an American named Ab Smith. While playing in 1899, he said a shot was a “bird of a shot”, which eventually became “birdie”.
  5. A standard golf ball has 336 dimples.
  6. Golf was played on the moon by astronaut Alan Shepard in 1971.
  7. St Andrews in Scotland is considered the “home of golf”.
  8. The longest golf course in the world is the International Golf Club in Massachusetts, which measures over 8,300 yards.
  9. Golf is one of the few ball games that do not require a standardized playing area.
  10. “Fore!” is shouted as a warning when the ball is heading towards another player or spectator.
  11. The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was aged just five years old.
  12. Golf is included in the Olympic Games.
  13. The longest putt ever recorded was 375 feet.
  14. Golf carts were introduced in 1932 and were initially designed to transport disabled people.
  15. The largest golf tournament had 17,972 participants.
  16. A professional golfer’s swing lasts about 0.2 seconds.
  17. There are 34,011 golf courses in the world.
  18. The first written rules of golf were established in Edinburgh in 1744.
  19. The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf.
  20. Tiger Woods made his first hole-in-one at the age of eight.


To celebrate National Golf Day in your school, here are some engaging activities you can try. These activities are perfect for elementary and middle school students and can be done within the classroom or school grounds.

  • Complete this Golf Word Search puzzle.
  • Create a mini-golf course using classroom materials.
  • Hold a putting contest in the gym or playground.
  • Design your own golf course on paper.
  • Watch a documentary about the history of golf.
  • Draw famous golfers or famous golf courses.


Think about these questions as you learn about golf. They will help you understand the sport better and think about its impact on the world.

  • Why is golf considered a sport of precision and patience?
  • How has golf influenced social interactions in different cultures?
  • What qualities make a great golfer?
  • How do golf courses impact the environment?
  • What can golf teach us about sportsmanship and integrity?


Here are five questions to spark conversation. Would you rather…

  • Play a round of golf with a famous golfer or with your best friend?
  • Win a mini-golf game or get a hole-in-one at a major golf course?
  • Have golf lessons for a year or own the best golf equipment?
  • Play golf in extreme weather or at a top-notch indoor golf facility?
  • Watch live golf at a major championship or play a round at a luxury golf resort?


Here are more fun ideas to help keep the kids entertained: