History of Golf in Scotland
by Rob Daniels
While many countries have a valid claim to an early game
that resembles the game of golf, the origins of golf are without
a doubt routed in Scotland's past. The fact is, golf probably
derived from other countries and stick and ball type games.
However, while these are stick and ball games, they are missing
that vital ingredient that is unique to golf. The hole. It
was the Scots who introduced the golf hole into the game we
now call golf.
Over the centuries, golf has evolved into the game it is
today. The first recognizable form being played in Scotland
in the early 1400's. Andrews, Scotland is the birthplace of
the game golf. Originating on the east coast of Scotland,
golf quickly became the Scots' national pastime and passion,
bound forever to Scotland's history and people.
According to Scottish lore, the people of Scotland believes
that Golf was invented by Scottish fishermen to amuse themselves
on the way home from fishing.
In 1457 golf was banned in Scotland because it interfered
with the practice of archery, which was vital to the defense
effort. The ban on golf had been issued in a time when Scotland
was preparing to defend itself from the English. Scotland
can say that they are the founding fathers in regards to the
oldest golf course. It was in
Scotland that the passion for golf came alive. There is general
agreement among historians and golf fans alike that the Scots
were the first golfers who became somewhat addicted and passionate
about the sport. In the very early days of golf, each golf
group in Scotland produced their own and unique rules, which
was sometimes the cause for interesting discussions. Golf
is still a very popular game today in Scotland today.
The game of golf soon spread to areas outside of Scotland.
In one form or another, the variant games of present day golf
were clearly enjoyed throughout Europe in the Middle Ages.
In fact in seventeenth century Dutch landscapes commonly show
golf being played on ice. The game of golf began its destiny
in time towards becoming popular around the world.
About the Author
Rob Daniels is a professional golfer with a passion for a
number of sports. Additional information available on Rob
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