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Learn about the history and development of golf sport (Part 1)

Golf is a long-established sport and attracts many players around the world, especially business people. However, not all of us fully understand the origins and history of golf.

What is Golf?

Golf, also known as golf, is a sport in which a player uses a variety of clubs to hit a small hole on the golf course with as few hits as possible.

Golf does not require a standardized playing area, unlike most other ball games. The game is played on a field arranged in a predetermined cycle of 09 or 18 holes (or holes). Each hole on the course is accompanied by a teeing ground, and a putting green includes the hole.

In between the two areas above are other standard terrain types such as the fairway (the area between the tee box and putting green), rough (long grass), sandpit, and obstacles (water, rocks, brush). However, each hole on the field has a different design and layout.

In golf, there are many forms of competition, in which two popular forms of competition that when the names of golfers are mentioned are playing against (Match Play) and stroke play (Stroke Play). Besides that, there are also Stableford forms and two popular forms of team competition are Foursome and Fourball.

What country does golf come from?

Referring to the origins of golf, most people think that this sport has been around since the 15th century in Scotland. According to some historians, at first, golf was banned because the government feared that the men were too engrossed in golf and neglected to practice archery to participate in the defense of the country. Later, King James IV lifted the ban in 1502 when he became a golfer himself.

Many people think that this sport has been around since the 15th century in Scotland

A scene from the Golf Book, circa 1540, shows a game that bears a resemblance to golf today, for example hitting a ball down the hole with a club with a curved tip.

For many golfers, the Old Course at St Andrews, a links-style golf course dating back to 1574, is considered the mecca of golf. In 1764, the standard 18-hole golf course was introduced in St Andrews when the members renovated the course from 22 holes to 18 holes.

A golf competition took place at Musselburgh Links, East Lothian, Scotland on March 2, 1672. Musselburgh Links is also certified by Guinness as the oldest golf course in the world.