Referring to the beginning of golf, most thought that this sport originated from Scotland. However, it was still controversial.
First of all, it must be affirmed that golf as we know it now emerges from Scotland. The Scots of that day played golf in a basic way: holding a stick, hitting the ball, putting the ball from the starting point to the end with the least number of strokes possible. That game started at least around the mid-15th century.
At least there are documents to prove it. It was the King James II of Scotland who banned the banning of golf and football in 1457. These games, according to him, have caused archers to neglect their practice.
King James III in 1471 and James IV in 1491 also re-issued a ban on golf.
However, golf continued to develop in Scotland for decades and centuries, until the first golf laws were drafted in the capital of Edinburgh in 1744.
But can it be said that Scotland has “invented” golf? Not really, because there are many evidences for Sctoland people who have been influenced by the original version of some golf-like games today.
This is what is saved in the USGA Museum: “While many Scottish people are determined to protect the evolution of the golf viewpoint from clubs – and – the ball is played a lot on the British archipelago during the Middle Ages, with evidence. reliably there are also courses that are played with sticks – and – balls in France, Germany and the Netherlands “.
Part of the evidence is from the original “golf”. This word comes from “golve” or “goff” in ancient Scottish. But in the old Dutch language there is also the word “kolf”. Back then it meant “club” (a golf club in the modern language) and the Dutch played this game, mainly on the ice rink, at least since the 14th century. The ball hit with the stick bent the tail until it moved from point A to point B. Does it sound like hockey? But it is like golf, except to play on ice. As each other’s trading partners, it is perfectly possible for golf to be imported by the Dutch to Scotland and received by the host country.
One more thing, although the Scots play this game mainly on the pitch and not the ice, they still use the balls made from the Netherlands brought back through the trade. The Netherlands is not the only place to play this game in the Middle Ages. Farther back in the past, the Romans brought the club – and – their balls to the British Isles. Similar games to the player’s front obstacles are also popular in France and Belgium before the Scottish are known. So did the Dutch or any other country, not Scotland, invent golf? No, that means that golf is refined and matured from many subjects that are played in different parts of Europe.
Certainly no one removed Scotland’s position from golf history. Especially when they have made an especially important improvement over all similar games in other countries: digging a hole in the yard and making the ball into the hole become the main goal.