Why Do Golf Courses Have 18 Holes?

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Golf courses have 18 holes because during a discussion among the club's membership board at St. Andrews in 1858, one of the members pointed out that it takes exactly 18 shots to polish off a fifth of scotch and by limiting himself to only one shot of scotch per hole, the scot figured a round of golf was finished when the scotch ran out. Before this time, different courses had all kinds of different holes.
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Golf courses have 18 holes because other courses wanted to copy the famed course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Ironically, St. Andrews previously had 22 holes, but downgraded because of the upkeep.
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Golf courses have 18 holes just as an accident of history. Different golf course owners made their courses better and with more holes and other followed suite.
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There is eighteen holes because there is eighteen shots in a bottle of whiskey (others say scotch) Which now they have a bar called the "19th Hole" Coincidence? Well. I
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St.Andrews in Scotland set the standard in the 1800's w/18 holes.So...
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Initially, there was no standard number of holes on a golf course. St Andrews for example had 22 holes until about 1764 when 4 were merged to make an
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