Golf Scorecard History 101, Belgium
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Some miscellaneous facts about Belgium:
- The Big Bang theory originated in Belgium – it was a Belgian, the priest and physicist (apparently not a contradiction in terms) Georges Lemaitre, who first came up with what is now called the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe in 1927. The theory is often attributed to Edwin Hubble, although records show Lemaitre published a similar theory two years before Hubble.
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport is the most punctual airport in Europe – and it is ranked as the world's second best airport for on-time performance, just behind Japan's Osaka International.
- Cricket is thought to be a Belgian invention, not British – academics believe immigrants from north Belgium could have imported the game to Britain, based on a poem thought to have been written in 1533 that calls Flemish weavers ‘king of crekettes’ and also mentions ‘wickettes’, predating English references dating to the 1600s.
- Belgian men are the second tallest in the world – with a height of 181.7cm, only Dutchmen are taller at 182.5cm. The same can't be said for Belgian women, however, who rank 21 at 165.5cm tall.
- The highest point in Belgium is lower than the world's tallest building – the Signal de Botrange on the High Fens plateau in far-east Belgium is the highest point at 694m, shorter than the world's tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa at 828m. Belgium along with the Netherlands and Luxembourg are historically known as the Low Countries.
- Belgium was the world's second country to legalise same-sex marriage – Belgium introduced same-sex marriage in 2003, after the Netherlands. Euthanasia was also legalised in 2002.
- The Law Courts of Brussels is the world's largest court of justice – with a construction area of some 26,000sqm, it is bigger than St Peter’s Basilica in Rome by 5,000sqm. On the topic of construction, the façade of Brussels' Royal Palace is 50 percent longer than Buckingham Palace.
- Belgians are accredited to inventing the Body Mass Index (BMI), the saxaphone and plastic – among a number of other world-changing inventions, such as co-designing the World Wide Web, Imodium, inline skates and a safe contraceptive pill.
- Belgians pay among the highest tax rates in Europe – which amount to some 57.8 percent for the highest earners, which ranked Belgium's tax rates as fourth highest in Europe after France (66.6 percent), Italy and Spain, while OECD ranks Belgium third highest for tax rates out of its 34 members. Belgium's tax revenue is among the highest in Europe representing around 48 percent of the country’s GDP.
- There are fewer that one-hundred golf courses in Belgium. Twenty-nine scorecards from ten of their courses are illustrated below.
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