For sure, all golf enthusiasts know where golf, the game we know now, emerged.
But do you know that the roots of the game dated back to the time of Roman dictator Julius Caesar? Back then, they used club-shaped tree branches to strike a ball that’s stuffed with feathers.
Historians likewise found out that some people in mainland China played golf during the Song Dynasty which reigned from 960 to 1279.
However, the golf played during these times was not the same as the one we know today.
The closest root of modern golf is that of Scotland in 1457. During which, Scots played gold in its most basic form. They used a club to swing the ball from start to finish in the fewest strokes possible.
King James II later on issued a ban on golf after he noticed that golf had been affecting his archer’s practices.
Despite this, the game flourished over the decades. In 1744, the first known rules of the game were formally written in Edinburgh.
In 1860, the first British Open took place. Since then, the popularity of golf has spread to countries all over the world. In 1873, Canada’s Royal Montreal Club, the first ever permanent golf club, was founded in North America. In 1893, the United States likewise staged their first 18-hole course in the Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Illinois.
Although modern golf had its root from Scotland, its governing body began in 1894 and was called the United States Golf Association.
In 1916, the Professional Golf Association of America was also established to become the governing body of the game up until today.
Like other sports, golf has a very colorful history. Its popularity all around the globe has made it one of the most marketable sports of all time. By merely looking at the stats sheet, golf doesn’t seem to show any signs that it will ever slow down.
Golf is certainly destined to last forever.