beginning of time, man has preoccupied
himself with a stick and a
making his drudgery into a game.
earliest of times he
the stick at the rock, propelling it towards
some predetermined destination. This, it can be said, was the precursor
of golf. Unfortunately, it also is the precursor to just about all the
sports that require a ball and some object to propel it.
countries invented the game of golf. If there were sticks and
objects that could be hurtled along, then there was ‘golf.’ Though the
name didn’t come into being until some time in the 15th century, there
were many games of early man that could be called an ancestor to golf.
area around the world has some claim to the origination of golf.
Scotland, of course, has its claim. But so do China, Rome, England,
France, Holland, Belgium, even Laos. Every country has a game
consisting of sticks and balls, and every country is correct in its
assumption that it invented the game. But there is no one country where
‘golf’ actually began.
The earliest traces of golf being played are said to date back to 1340,
in a sketch from a stained glass window – the Great East Window –
in the east wing of the Gloucester Cathedral, England. Scenes of
Battle of Crecy in France showed a man apparently preparing to strike a
ball in a golf-like manner. It was probably not actually golf, but the
old English game of cambuca or the Flemish game of chole. This was more
than 100 years earlier than the first written Scottish golf record.
London, ‘pall mall’ was a game that
derived its name from an early playing place of another game. This
contest consisted of knocking a ball from one pre-determined place to
another, sometimes as far as neighboring villages. Many believe that
golf emerged when pall mall was completely ousted from the towns onto
the nearest common land, or land that was not owned by any individual.
as it was known in the
Netherlands, or ‘goff,’ as it was referred to in England, was a pastime
enjoyed by 15th century kings and commoners. All early fore-runners,
though, resembled croquet or billiards or cricket more than golf.
Unfortunately for those countries who lay claim to originating the
sport, they all lacked just one thing. And it was left to the Scots to
make the final refinement.