Seems that old canard about golf courses having 18 holes because that’s how many drinks are in a bottle of whisky is circulating on the internet. Again. If it hasn’t shown up in your in-box yet, be thankful. For while charming, it’s pure hokum. The correct explanation—which has to do with the Old Course at St. Andrews being shortened in 1764—can be found at this leading golf-history website. Astute observers will note that the clarification seems to have been adapted from one of the game’s most highly regarded books, A History of Golf, written by Robert Browning, originally published in 1955, and worth finding in a library or on eBay. This truth may not set you free, but it can win you some bar bets. Insist on a good single malt as your reward.