Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Evolution of Golf


The exact number of years that golf has been played is unknown, that statement alone a tests to how old it is.  The origin includes an English game called 'cambuca', a Dutch game called 'kolf', a Belgian game called 'chole', and a French game called 'jeu de mail'.  When the Romans occupied Great Britain (A.D. 43-410), they played 'paganica' in the streets using a stick and a leather ball.  The rules, equipment, and 18 hole course used in the game of golf today were developed in Scotland, where it was played as early as the 1400s.  In 1744 the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in Edinburgh, Scotland, became the first golf club.  Ten years later, the St.Andrews Golfers, a club that was later called the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, published "The Rules of Golf."

Over the years, the game has evolved in every possible area.  Countless changes and improvements have been made over the years to make golf a better game for players and for spectators.  From clubs, balls, apparel and etiquette, we've seen big changes as golf has made its way onto the global platform.

With this new series 'The Evolution of Golf' we're going to take a closer look at the changes that have been made and how they've shaped golf into the great game that it is today.