The beginning of golf is filled with mystery. However, we have to make it clear that Scotland is the most responsible for setting the ground on which golf is based. It can’t be negated that golf is an ancient game. Although it didn’t happen suddenly, it was the result of similar activities evolving over a long period of years. Early English version was called “Cambuca”, which was using a wooden ball. There are many evidence of the existence of golf that is linked to Scotland.
King James II
Golf gained popularity in Scotland quickly but King James II banned the game in the 15th century. When Scotland was in the war with England, and the military spent more time playing golf than practicing archery, which was a vital in defending the country. Surely, golf enthusiasts often ignored the ban, so the king had to make similar declarations two more times in the next few years. 40 years later, the ban was withdrawn as the nobleman started playing golf. In 1502, Scottish King James IV received a set of golf clubs from one the man who was producing bows and strings at that time.
Queen of Scotland
The next King James V of Scotland also played golf and was a frequent guest of Gosford in East Lothian, where he had his own private Links golf field. People assume that his daughter Mary, the Queen of Scotland, started playing golf when she was a little girl. Later, she continued to play golf at school in France. In 1567, she was criticized for playing golf right after the death of her husband, Lord Darnley.
In 1735, The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh – the first official golf club – was founded. Then, The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was created in 1744, and ten years later, the most famous golf club in the world, The Society of St. Andrews Golfers in 1754. Historians believed that Scottish masonry lodges were financially supporting the first golf clubs. The first golf club outside of Scotland, Royal Blackheath, was formed in England in 1766. At the end of the 18th century, there were ten golf clubs in England and Scotland.
Rules Committee Meeting
We had to wait about 200 years for any standardization of the sport, in the form as we know today. It took a lot of time to make any written rules. On May 14, 1754, the first session of the Rules Committee in Golf was held by The Society of St. Andrews Golfers. There were 21 representatives of gentlemen, all for the purpose of adopting Specific Rules and Laws related to Healthy Golfing. Those people could not even dream of what they actually started, but it was enough that they were all passionate about golf.