History of Golf

The origins of this Scottish game and its evolution through the decades is full of interesting stories. This is the place to ask questions about how the game came to be what it is today.

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When and where did golf originate?

Golf's Actual Origins"With th' exciption maybe iv th' theery iv infant damnation, " said Mr Dooley, "Scotland has given nawthin' more cheerful to th' wurruld thin th' game iv goluf." Golf appeared in 1350 in St Andrews, Fife. It was forbidden by the king thrice during the 1400's, as it was considered to distract young men from their archery and Church, but was re-legalised in 1502. It is a common misperception that it began in the 1600s; as early as 1567, Mary Queen of Scots played golf on the St. Andrews Links. The oldest remaining club here is the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, dating back to 1834, which still accepts only male members, with the exception of once in the year for the Women's Open.

Golf originated in Scotland in the 1600's.

"Gentlemen Only, Ladies Prohibited" is, of course, an backronym for the game, but the reality is that there were games similar to golf played as far back as the 1100's in China. Golf as a western sport began in the late 1500's in Scotland, but the name "golf" has nothing to do with the above acronym.

The "Gentlemen Only; Ladies Forbidden" explanation is an Urban Legend. You can learn more here: http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/golf.htm

Did the word "golf" originate as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden"? That's a common old wives' tale. Or, in this case, more likely an old husband's tale. No, "golf" is not an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden." If you've ever heard that, forget it immediately. Better yet, find the person who told you and let them know it's not true.

Like most modern words, the word "golf" derives from older languages and dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old Scots.

The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" meant "club." It is believed that word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into "golve," "gowl" or "gouf."

By the 16th Century, the word "golf" had emerged.

Sources: British Golf Museum, USGA Library

The origin of golf is open to debate among Chinese, French and Scotish. Golf is widely believed to be a Scottish invention, as the game was mentioned in two 15th-century laws prohibiting the playing of the game of "gowf". Some scholars, however, suggest that this refers to another game which is much akin to shinty or hurling, or to modern field hockey. They point out that a game of putting a small ball in a hole in the ground using golf clubs was played in 17th-century Netherlands. The term golf is believed to have originated from a Germanic word for "club".

The oldest playing golf course in the world is The Old Links at Musselburgh. Evidence has shown that golf was played on Musselburgh Links in 1672 although Mary Queen of Scots reputedly played there in 1567.

Golf courses have not always had eighteen holes. The St Andrews Links occupy a narrow strip of land along the sea. As early as the 15th century, golfers at St. Andrews established a customary route through the undulating terrain, playing to holes whose locations were dictated by topography. The course that emerged featured eleven holes, laid out end to end from the clubhouse to the far end of the property. One played the holes out, turned around, and played the holes in, for a total of 22 holes. In 1764, several of the holes were deemed too short, and were therefore combined. The number was thereby reduced from 11 to nine, so that a complete round of the links comprised 18 holes.

The major changes in equipment since the 19th century have been better mowers, especially for the greens, better golf ball designs, using rubber and man-made materials since about 1900, and the introduction of the metal shaft beginning in the 1930s. Also in the 1930s the wooden golf tee was invented. In the 1970s the use of metal to replace wood heads began, and shafts made of graphite composite materials were introduced in the 1980s.

In January 2006, debate provoked again over who invented golf again. Recent evidence unearthed by Prof. Ling Hongling of Lanzhou University, China suggests that a game similar to modern-day golf was played in China since Southern Tang Dynasty, 500 years before golf was first mentioned in Scotland.

Dongzuan Records (Chinese:�|܎��) from the Song Dynasty describe a game called chuiwan (����) and also include drawings. It was played with 10 clubs including a cuanbang, pubang, and shaobang, which are comparable to a driver, two-wood, and three-wood. Clubs were inlaid with jade and gold, suggesting golf was for the wealthy. Chinese archive includes references to a Southern Tang Dynasty official who asked his daughter to dig holes as a target. Lin suggested golf was exported to Europe and then Scotland by Mongolian travellers in the late Middle Ages.

Spokeman for Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, one of the oldest Scotland golf organization, said "Stick and ball games have been around for many centuries, but golf as we know it today, played over 18 holes, clearly originated in Scotland."

Golf was invented in the 15th century by the Scots.

A little know fact about golf: Golf was banned in Scotland in 1457. The reason for the ban was that the game interfered with archery. Archery, then, was a much-needed practice because the country's defenses depended upon it. However, the Scots continued to play despite the ban from Parliament and the church. The Scots played golf on courses laid out by the sea. These courses are called links.

There is an urban legend that says the word "golf" stood for "Gentlemen Only; Ladies Forbidden." This is false. We know this, to some degree, since Mary, Queen of Scots, the mother of James VI of Scotland and who later was James I of England, was known to have participated in the "sport" of golf.

Golf was originated in Scotland near the 1600's and St. Andrews was the first course ever played. The queen of Scotland was so happy that golf was invented but many were not. The men were not happy because she was going to allow the women to play. The guards killed the queen just because of that. So that's why only men could play before and now in present time women can too which is AWESOME! I am so glad that the rule changed that women can play too!! in my backyard. I don't like mii gym teacher! he plays golf ewyy. Haha.*Cupcake&Babii Boo*

golf started in Ireland. the balls were rocks and the clubs were sticks

Golf was first found in the year of 1340.

There is no certain answer to that question. Historians are still trying to find out when and where golf was created.

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Ask tiger Woods!!! =P

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What are the 5 most important golf tips you would give to a new person just starting golf?

Here are some tips for golf beginners.

1. Visit a practice range but only hit doing half swings with a 7-iron. Take it back so the club points straight behind you (3 o'clock) and swing to 9 o'clock. It will help you develop muscle memory during the most important part of your swing.

2. Don't move your head -- at all. These two things will help you get started!

  1. Take lessons.
  2. Take lessons.
  3. Take lessons.
  4. Take lessons.
  5. Take lessons.

Oh, and one more. "KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN" Not trying to be a jerk but this is a tough sport if you want to get good and have more fun.

I wouldn't necessarily say take lessons, especially if you are just a weekend warrior like a lot of players out there are. Lessons can cost countless amounts of your hard earned money and also, there is no guarantee that you will benefit a bit out of it. All I can say is always make sure that you are enjoying what you are doing, because if you can't do that then chances are it isn't the right thing for you. And also, don't make the same mistake I did years ago when I started playing, whatever you do, don't try to mimic someone else's swing for any club, that will only lead to trouble and since it isn't your original swing, there isn't much you can tell yourself about the swing or how to fix it. Good luck, and I hope you come to enjoy the game of golf like the rest of us have.

1. Take 3-5 lessons per year

2. Buy used clubs, not new

3. concentrate and focus

4. practice putting as much as irons and driving

5. Don't cheat your score or you'll really never know how good you are

1.) Learn to put first for feel and distance control. 2.)Learn to chip form the from the apron of the green to understand how adding loft to the club effects the ball. 3.)Learn to pitch with a sand wedge for the same reason as #2 and learn this shot from 15-70 yards. 4.) Learn the longer shots first with 6,7 or 8 iron and contact the grass after the ball. 5.) Do not use a driver for the first year and save on a lot of frustration and lost golf balls. The Driver is the club that has ruined many a beginners swing.1. Hold the club as lightly as possible. Never squeeze the handle. You will snap hook it left or slice it right if you do, and you'll rarely know which one is coming next.

2. S-S-L-L-O-O-W-W D-D-O-O-W-W-N. Everyone knows that more clubhead speed equals more distance, so beginners (and some not-so-beginners) tend to swing as hard as they can. Fact is, solid contact with a "square club face" at impact will produce amazing distance even at slower swing speeds. Try it. You'll love actually playing from the fairway.

3. Think about swinging smoothly THROUGH the ball, not hitting the ball.

4. Concentrate your practice sessions on pitching and chipping from a variety of lies around the green (rough, fairway, sidehill, downhill, uphill) and from putting between three and six feet. Nothing will save you more strokes.

5. If you're a guy, "tame your testosterone" a bit. Don't play from the blue or black tees when you are just starting out. The middle tees will do just fine. Don't assume you need a stiff or XX shaft just because you weigh over 200 pounds. A regular shaft may work perfectly if you slow down and swing smoothly.

1. Work backwards(start putting then chipping then driving) 2. Take your time. 3. Practice as much as possible 4. Experiment with the right clubs for you 5. PracticeI think the best tip that I ever had was to practice, practice, practice. There are a number of golf tuition course and classes available. Previously, I had really struggled to play golf, however, once I started to practice with a trained instructor I began to have a lot more success. If you are serious about improving as a playing I can only suggest finding a good teacher and this will help you improve at golf much quicker than learning from a book or video.

Yeah, I agree with everything stated above. A good site I would recommend for references would be: www.mygolfsets.com

1) Know the basics of golf.(You can enroll on a class or have a professional trainor) 2) Observed what and how they are doing in the field. 3) take it slow 4) Be serious on what you are learning. 5) Practice more often. Just like in a singing contest,everybody starts on amateur.. GOODLUCK!

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Does the Medicus club improve your golf swing?

Medicus Club Improves Swing?In my 15 years of teaching golf professionally and over 30 years in learning this is one of the best teaching aids available. Very difficult to master, but excellent in terms of just swinging or hitting balls. AnotherI have one, and I like it a lot. I've become GREAT at the range. Still can't play worth a crap.

Yes

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Is there a senior Q school for PGA?

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What is the origin of the golf terms 'Skin' or 'Skins' and 'Stob' or 'Staub'?

In golf, a skins event has players compete for prize money on each individual hole.

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Most holes in one in the p.g.a. tour in a lifetime?

art wall jr

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Who has the most hole in ones on the PGA tour?

Art Wall jr. had 54 holes -in -one in his lifetime............9 holes in one were recorded as an amateur golfer in Pennsylvania and at Duke University......However... he was credited with 45 Holes in One in Professional Tour Events....that included PGA Tour,South American Tour,and the European Tour.......No other PGA or Professional Golfer participating in Major Tours is even close to this record.........Jack Nicklaus has 22 Holes in One and he is second on the All Time List to Art Wall jr.

Ben Hogan who was a close friend of Art Wall jr. stated that he was one of the " Greatest Iron Players " he had ever seen ! Wall used a somewhat unorthodox " baseball grip" throughout his career . In 1959,he was the No. 1 Golfer in the World

winning The Masters by coming from behind in the last 9 holes to defeat Master's Champion Arnold Palmer and Dr. Cary Middlecoff for the green jacket. During 1959 he managed to win the Vardon Trophy( lowest stroke average for a PGA Professional) and was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour. Health issues and injuries plagued Wall throughout his career but he did win several prestigious PGA Tour events to include the Tournament of Champions and the Bing Crosby's Pebble Beach Tournament. He also was instrumental along with Ben Hogan,Jimmy DeMarrett,Gene Littler,Harvey Pennick...in establishing the Legend's of Golf Tournament in Austin , Texas...which eventually led to the Senior Tour or Champion's Tour. Art Wall passed into Golf Heaven in 2003.

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The youngest player to win the Masters Tounament?

Tiger Woods, he was 22.

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Who or what is Little Ben to golfer Ben Crenshaw?

It is his putter

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What did Bobby Jones average off the tee?

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I searched for the answer but I cant find EXACTLY the average but it say that his average is PAR OR BETTER, so I'd predict 69 - 71 about. He's a very good player so it's possible it can be a little bit less than what I put.

Jones averaged 1 off the tee. It was very rear for him to be hitting 3 off the tee.

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Did the word 'par' originate from golf?

== == No. It comes from the Latin word "par" meaning "equal".

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Who won the PGA Player of the Year in 2006?

Tiger Woods

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How did golf receive it's name?

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Gentlemen Only---Ladies Forbidden...

Edit: Actually the above acronym didn't appear until the 20h century. It was probably scottish for something, and it stuck.

There were similar games played in Holland and France. The Dutch game was Het Kolven which may have been shortened to Kolv and then to golf. The French game was Cholle' The differences between these games and golf is that Cholle' was played in a courtyard and was somewhat like croquet and Het Kolven was played in a town square and involved hitting a wooden ball to targets like a church door.

Women were actually among the first golfers. See: Mary Queen of Scots

She was censured for playing golf when she should have been in mourning over the death of her husband

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How many players on the PGA tour?

This year there is currently 230 players with full or partial tour cards.

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Which golfer was known as 'Little Poison'?

The answer is Paul Runyan.

Born: July 12, 1908, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Died: March 17, 2002.

Nickname: "Little Poison," both for his small size, and for the fact that while his drives were short, his short game was dead.

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Did Vijay Singh win a major golf championship?

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Who was the first golfer to win more than 1 million dollars in official earnings in a single year?

arnold palmer

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How many wins does Tiger Woods have on the PGA Tour?

82

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Who is the ryder cup named after?

Samuel Ryder, a seed merchant

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How many major titles did Jack Nicklaus win?

Jack Nicklaus won 20 major golf championships. They were:

Masters Tournament (6 ) - 1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986

U.S. Open (4) - 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980

British Open (3) - 1966, 1970, 1978

PGA Championship (5) - 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1980

U.S. Amateur (2) - 1959, 1961

British Amateur (0)

These tournaments used to be considered the standard benchmark for

"major championships". When Jack won the Masters in 1986, it was universally recognised as his 20th. For some reason this has changed over the last few years

as now you more often than not hear about his 18 "professional majors", with people less willing to accept and recognise his two US Amateur wins.

Naturally, many wonder if Tiger Woods is responsible for this change in historical thinking. Well if he is then he shouldn't be, for Tiger Woods won 3 U.S. Amateurs (1994, 1995, 1996).

So if you care only about professional majors then the current scoreboard (thru 2007) reads Jack 18 Tiger 14. If you care for a more traditionalist view (as I do) then the scoreboard would read Jack 20 Tiger 17.

For the record, here are Tiger's major golf championships:

Masters Tournament (4) - 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005

U.S. Open (3) - 2000, 2002, 2008

British Open (3) - 2000, 2005, 2006

PGA Championship (4) - 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007

U.S. Amateur (3) - 1994, 1995, 1996

British Amateur (0)

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What does the national in Augusta National come from?

The designation as a "National" club means that Augusta National's membership is not limited to a select geographical region. It has no official special standing with the United States government or the USGA.

It was intended to be a golf club open to only a select group of men from across the nation, and its membership has expanded to include prominent businessmen, US Presidents and other prominent politicians, wealthy elites in the Augusta, Georgia area, and others of importance.

Winners of The Masters are also admitted as "honorary members."

All members wear a green sport coat while on club grounds, which is why the winner of The Masters each year is presented with his honorary green member's jacket.

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What are the disadvantages of sports for school children?

They put themselves at the risk of injury, which could hurt their futures. When they pick teams some kids are left out, which makes them feel down and sad about themselves or their classmates. Sports might distract them from their schoolwork and homework.

ANSWER:

Although sports could help a child being active physically and mentally. There are still disadvantages that it brings like a) Physical Injury which are results of overuse of specific muscle groups or joints during training. b)Unsportsmanlike Behavior - talk to children about appropriate behavior during practice and games and how to manage anger in an acceptable way such as taking a few deep breaths to relax. c) Time Commitment - time in play, school, food etc, should be balance. d) Undue Pressure - Participation in sports may then lead to a higher level of day-to-day stress that impacts other aspects of their lives such as sleep or school.

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Longest golf ball ever hit?

Reed, Philip

"On Sept. 25, 1974, [Mike] Austin was playing in the US National Seniors Open Championship at the Winterwood Golf Course in Las Vegas, a course since renamed Desert Rose. Austin drew back and unleashed a blast that flew more than 400 yards, bounced in front of the green and came to rest 65 yards beyond the flag-stick. That shot set the Guinness world record as the longest drive ever recorded in a PGA tournament: 515 yards."

Source: http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2004/CrystalCuevas.shtml

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What golfer has won the most PGA Tournaments?

Sam Snead with 82.

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Which state has produced the most masters champions?

Georgia

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