A Sneak Peak in Golf’s History
Golf is often associated with plush green stretches and elegant individuals stroking professionally with their clubs. However, very little is known about its origin and it is often much debated. It is believed by some that golf started its course in 15th Century Scotland. It was during the 19th Century when the game got its widespread fame as it unfurled to whole of the UK and eventually to the British Colonies and the US. Like any other theory, this also has its own set of debates.
The pre-historic origin of golf is traced back to the game of paganica in ancient Rome. It then seeped its way to the entire continent of Europe during 1st Century BC, as the Romans conquered it. Some theories suggest that it evolved from the Chinese game of chuiwan, played during the rule of Ming dynasty. An early game of England’s cambuca or France’s chambot has resembled the modern golf as well. Kolven, a Dutch Game played in 1297 has strong resemblance to the game as well.
The game of golf got noticed when King James II banned it in 1457 and the uplifted it in 1502. He himself had become a golfer by then. The modern day golf course of 18 holes was first modified at Old Course, St. Andrews from 22 holes. The world’s Oldest Golf course is Musselburgh Links, Scotland, 1672. The “rules of golf” that is oldest was documented in 1744. The oldest existing golf tournament is The Open Championship, 1860. No wonder with such a rich history the game is interesting.