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Learn about the history and development of golf sport (Part 3)

The timing of the golf sport always attracted many different perspectives. Researchers constantly give arguments and evidence, but it is difficult to confirm exactly when, where golf appears.

It is argued that Golf comes from the game of shepherds. While driving their sheep to eat, they used a stick with a big end to hit the round pebble away, and they competed against each other to see who hit the furthest and most accurate stone. 

On the other hand, it is argued that golf at that time was everyone’s game; the Scottish poor often played on public grounds. In general, Golf is just a messy pastime.

The development of golf sport

In the 17th century, golf became a recreational sport in Great Britain. In 1860, the first British Open was held and is still maintained today. This sport started to spread around the world. The US also caught the wave and decided to develop golf. The first 18-hole golf course in the US was built at the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois in 1893.  

The governing bodies began to be established as the United States Golf Association (USGA) in 1894, then the Professional Golf Association of America (America) in 1916.

Golf became a sport that attracted many viewers in the US in the 1920s

Golf became a sport that attracted many viewers in the US in the 1920s and has been popular ever since. With the marketing and television broadcast, golf is increasingly popular and known all over the world.

Important events and landmarks of Golf and Golf in the world

The first evidence of Golf’s existence still to this day is Archbishop Hamilton’s 1552 yearbook. 

The oldest golf course in the world is The Old Link in Musselburgh, which was put into use in 1567.

In 1754, founded the Golf Association named St. Andrews (R&A), becoming one of the two most powerful golf clubs in golf. 

In 1914, there were 1801 clubs established in England. This was also the period when Golf spread around the world.

In 1894, the American Golf Federation (abbreviated USGA) was born.

In the late 19th century, Golf was established in the United States.