The game of Golf has been around for hundreds of years, all the way back to the 1400’s. Some of the earliest records of Golf go back to Scotland in 1457 while under rule of King James II. In 1502, King James IV made peace with England, and the game of Golf expanded rapidly around Scotland.
St. Andrews in England is widely known for its history of the game, and is thought by many to be the origin of the game of golf. However, Edinburgh, Scotland’s compact and hilly capital is really the origin of the game we call golf. It was on on the “links of Leith” that the game of golf emerged. The first known golf club also emerged in Edinburgh on March 7th 1744, and was known as “The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers”. They drafted a formal set of rules to oversee play. This was the beginning of the ruling body of golf known today as the “Royal and Ancient Golf Club”, or simply the “R&A”.
Eventually the game became very popular in Scotland and England. Finally it found its way over the pond to the US of A, and evolved into the game we know today.
That’s it for today – Enjoy your next round, and hit ’em LONG and STRAIGHT!