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A short history of golf – Part 1

A short history of golf – Part 1

Green fields, thin iron clubs shining in the sun and a concentrated pose: this is what golf, this (broadly speaking) aristocratic occupation, looks like. But underneath this somewhat forbidding facade, there lies an exciting game that is today available to everyone willing to learn. Today we try to uncover a short history of golf.

So let’s see where this sport comes from, what its origins are, how it’s played (again, broadly speaking) and how you can even plan to enroll on a course in the near future!

The origins of golf are shrouded in mystery. Nobody knows exactly who invented it, but one thing is clear: as early as the first century BC, people in the Roman Empire played an ancestral version of the game. “Chwi an”, other variations of the game, were played in China during the Song Dynasty, in the middle ages.

The first recorded mention of a golf-like game, however, comes from the Netherlands. A game played with crosses and a leather ball was recorded in a town called Loenen aan de Vecht on 26th February 1297.

The modern origins of golf, however, can be traced back to 15th century Scotland. In 1457 King James II of Scotland issued an Act prohibiting golf, as it was a distraction for the military men. (Apparently he preferred that his fighters be more versed in archery… for objective reasons).

Anyway, at the Turn of the Century (in the late 1800s), golf was adopted by the Americans and the whole world. In 1901, the British were the first to found a Professional Golfers’ Association.

Today, golf is a mixture of tradition and innovation, as golf courses have become more and more fitted to the requirements of the game. And golfers seek warm, sunny places to play golf, thus making the game an international one. In Spain, for instance, Alicante transfers can take you to some of the best golf courses in the region.

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