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Why golf is considered the national sport of Scotland? (Part 2)

It is true that Scotland spends all four seasons in one day. To chance optimistic, chaotic Scottish elements make the game more interesting. High prevailing winds (especially on coastal courses) and an ever-present breeze pose a welcome challenge, while likely the rain is destined for the course!

This being said, the moments are nothing but brilliant rays dancing on rolling terrain, enchanting landscapes and impressive sceneries of Scotland (it happens more than you think), making playing golf is less than a sport and many moments of divine intervention.

Plenty of ancient and classic, new and exciting others, Scotland boasts over 550 courses, arguably the best in the world. Draped with prestige and riddled with tradition, perhaps the most famous is the Old Course at St Andrews, with its big green twin; Famous 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge; and of course, The Road Hole (one of the most famous holes in golf history).

The first golf match

Considered internationally as a ‘golf course’ and regarded as a mandatory pilgrimage site, Links at St Andrews organized the first match. It has hosted the Open Championship 29 times and also affects the rules of golf by setting an 18-hole precedent. Scattered across the country, Muirfield, Royal Dornoch, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and North Berwick are just a few of Scotland’s fascinating courses.

The layout of a course is just as important as the rules and location. Although mostly subjective, a multitude of aspects must be considered when choosing a ‘good course’; such as the direction of the green, the bunker and the slopes, the variety (ie there is a combination of doglegs, straight, long or short holes); and whether the course is mountainous, flat, coastal or inland.

Scotland is blessed with many courses designed by great Scottish golf architects James Braid, Old Tom Morris and Tom Bendelow, whose work today, still reigns supreme. However, another reason why golfers flock to Scotland as there is no tomorrow.

At the end of the day, when it comes to this Scottish national sport, it’s important to note at least one thing – you can take a golfer out of Scotland but you can’t take Scotland off the golf course!

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The brief history of golf as an aristocratic sport from the UK

The true origins of Golf remain a mystery. However, most people agree that Scotland is the first place where golf matches take place.

The sport has been around since the 15th century. It was initially banned from play because the government worried men who were too engrossed in golf to ignore archery training to take part in the protection of the country. As Golf developed, Golf clubs gradually formed and became the official sport as today.

During the 18th and 19th centuries, the Scottish army tried to spread golf playing to British colonies. The Royal Calcutta is the oldest club outside the British island and exists as a reminder of the aristocratic history of this aristocratic sport.

The development of golf

Within 100 years, the number of golf courses in England has increased from 12 to nearly 1,000. When Golf began to grow, it spread quickly and was widely accepted everywhere. In the US, the first golf courses began to appear in the late 18th century. After that, the American Golf Association established in 1894.

The brilliant development of the golf industry in the US was the premise for the Japanese people to establish. First golf course in 1913 and Golf Association in 1924 in the land of the rising sun. The growth in the number of golf courses has increased so rapidly that even golfers have set up their own agencies to evaluate the impact of golf courses on the environment.

The first balls were stitched with leather and stuffed with feathers but they did not fly far and were easily damaged. Therefore, it is designed to make golf balls made of rubber – a material easily found in tropical areas.

Balls made from metal also began to be manufactured. The American Golf Association was the first entity to adjust the golf ball in the 1930s and as a result created the golf balls we use today.

Golf clubs have grown tremendously since the first wooden golf clubs were formed. As the sport became more and more popular, craftsmen designed elaborate wooden golf clubs for the royal family and wealthy merchants.

So, in the early 1900s, artisans began making metal golf clubs, eventually developing into flexible curves like today. Golfers can now choose between metal or wooden golf clubs. They can also choose the style of the club. This varies flexibly depending on the needs of the player.

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Another five golf courses in Scotland are earmarked for closure

For the second time during a few days, there are reports that a Scottish agency wants to shut down five of its golf courses.

A few days ago the days reported that Glasgow Life is considering closing down five of the local council’s six municipal golf courses thanks to low usage, and now the Ayrshire Post has revealed that South Ayrshire Council is considering closing five clubs also, so as to seek out £9 million to balance its books.

A public consultation into a raft of cost-cutting measures, featuring the closure of community centers and swimming pools, has been launched on the South Ayrshire Council website; however, it is understood that an inventory of closure targets has been involved.

The clubs earmarked for closure are Maybole golf courses, Belleisle golf courses, Girvan golf courses, Seafield golf courses, and Dalmilling golf courses.

The Belleisle and Seafield courses sit side by side and opened in 1927.

The facilities benefited from the addition of a fresh £1.5 million clubhouse in 2016.

Girvan may be a nother James Braid design and is a part-links, part-parkland layout that enjoys an equivalent stunning views of the Ailsa Craig as Trump Turnberry.

The three other courses operated by South Ayrshire Council – Lochgreen, Darley, and Fullarton, which all use an equivalent Troon Links clubhouse – aren’t believed to be suffering from the proposed cuts.

This comes at a dreadful time for Scotland’s municipal golf courses. In Dundee, Camperdown GC is thanks to close at the top of this month after a last-ditch plan to reserve it fell through, and David Doig, of the Lothians Golf Association, recently said that Edinburgh could follow Glasgow’s lead because it must find up to £40 million in savings from it allow 2021-22, and one golf courses has lost nine of its holes.

However, a Merseyside council is to take a position quite half 1,000,000 pounds in its golf offerings, because it believes that golf courses that don’t suffer from under-investment achieve a big return on the investment.