Golf, a cross-country game in which a player strikes a ball with various clubs from a series of points. Here’s Which country invented golf ?
Which country invented golf ?
The game of golf officially became a sport when the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith formed the first club in 1744 and set up an annual competition with silverware prizes. The rules for this new competition were drafted by Duncan Forbes.
Golf began in Scotland in the 15th century and evolved into what we know today over time. The modern 18-hole game was created at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1764.
Today, golf is a popular sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities around the world. There are many courses to choose from, depending on your location and budget.
The medieval Dutch term “kolf” meant “club,” and the Dutch were playing games (mostly on ice) at least by the 14th Century in which balls were struck by sticks that were curved at the bottom until they were moved from point A to point B.
The Dutch and Scots were trading partners, and the fact that the word “golf” evolved after being transported by the Dutch to the Scots lends credence to the idea that the game itself may have been adapted by the Scots from the earlier Dutch game.
Something else that lends credence to that idea: Although the Scots played their game on parkland (rather than ice), they (or least some of them) were using wooden balls they acquired in trade from Holland.
Who discovered Golf ?
Charles Blair MacDonald, who attended St. Andrews University and learned the game at the St. Andrews Golf Links, is considered the father of American golf course architects.
In 1893, MacDonald built the Chicago Golf Club which was the country’s first 18-hole course. His other notable works include The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts; Westchester Country Club in White Plains, New York; and Baltusrol Golf Course in Springfield Township, New Jersey.
He also designed courses for various private clubs such as Pinehurst No 1 and Augusta National Golf Courses located in North Carolina and Georgia respectively Macdonald passed away in 1957 but his legacy lives on through his many outstanding golf designs.
The history of the golf ball
For many years golf balls were made from wood, but in the early 17th century feather balls were introduced and were hailed as an advance.
“Featheries” were manufactured by compressing boiled feathers into the pieces of stitched leather that composed the cover.
For stuffing in the feathers a wooden tool was first used, after which the stuffing iron had to complete the job.
When the leather case was crammed beyond increase, the hole was stitched up and the case left to dry; then the ball was hammered and made as round as possible and painted white.
The whole process was so slow that the maker did well to finish four balls in a day, so that they cost as much as five shillings each.
Although the feathery could be hit a long way, it became sodden and disabled in wet weather and was destroyed by hacks from iron clubs, and thus the balls were short-lived as well as expensive.
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