A History of Golf2 min read
Which country invented “golf”? Many countries do. If there are sticks and throwing objects, then there is “golf”. Nobody knows exactly who started golf. But everyone knows who’s playing it now – everyone knows.
The origin of the name “Golf” is believed to come from the Dutch word “colf” meaning “club”. In the Middle Ages, golf was also known as “spel metten colve”, which literally means “play with a club”.
Almost every region of the world has a claim to the origin of golf. Of course, Scotland has its claims. But so is China, Rome, England, France, Holland, Belgium and even Laos. Every country has a game of sticks and balls, and every country rightly thinks it invented the game. But there isn’t a single country where “golf” really began.
Still, Scotland is widely regarded as the birthplace of golf. And it starts with the haphazard way of shoving a pebble or other round object into a hole with a stick or club.
Edinburgh, Scotland claims the first golf society. The Gentlemen Golfers – then known as the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and now based in Muirfield – claim their club was founded in 1744.
The first game between Scottish clubs was played in 1857. The world would wait until 1860 to play the first British Open.
The British Open was played 35 years before the US Open. It’s called “Open World”. Players from all over the world participate as they have for a century or more. The British Open is all inclusive. The US Open has been moving in that direction over the past decade. But the British Open has welcomed players from all over the world since the turn of the century.
It’s not known exactly when golf came to America – it’s just that when it took hold in the 20th century, America became the world leader in great players. By 1900 the gaming boom in America was over. The evidence is that at the turn of the century there were more golf clubs in the United States than in England.
Tiger Woods showed up in 1996. He won eight times in 1999, nine times in 2000, and won four consecutive major championships in 2000-2001, beginning with the US Open in 2000. Age 30s and 40s as in his 20s, he would slip into the role of the “best player ever.” times”.
Women have played a very important role in the history of golf, even before the last half of the 20th century when they were finally equal to men. Records of women playing golf date back to the time of Mary Queen of Scots.
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