The History Of GOLF
FIRST DOCUMENTED MENTION OF GOLF AS WE KNOW IT
The origins of golf as we know it today are steeped in mystery however it is generally believed the game originated in Scotland. The game, known as “golf” to the Scots was banned by King James II as it was interfering with archery practice; a “game” of military importance.
GOLF ARRIVES ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
The first recorded mention of golf being played in the USA comes from the estate paperwork of the Governor of Massachusetts in 1729.
FIRST OFFICIAL SET OF RULES DEVISED IN SCOTLAND
After the rather slapdash way in which golf has been played in the past. 1744 represents the first documented set of “official” rules for golf created by the honorable company of Edinburgh golfers.
ANDREWS ADOPTS 18 HOLE COURSE
The old course at St. Andrews is considered one of the oldest Golf Course in the world. It was in 1764 that the course was modified from 22 to 18 holes, a format that was soon replicated around the world.
US OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPPLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME
As evidence of the growing popularity of the game, the now- famous us open golf tournament is played at Newport Country Club, Rhode Island. The Tournament is won by Brit Horace Rawlins.
COBURN HASKELL INVENTS THE MODERN GOLF BALL
By the turn of the century, original golf balls which typically consisted of leather outer stuffed with feathers are replaced by a new design. The so-called Haskell golf ball allows for further travel, helping to transform the game and allowing play over greater distances.
US PGA TOURNAMENT PLAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME
Despite the UK having adopted a Professional Golfer Association(PGA) in 1901, it takes until 1916 for the us to follow suit. It is the same year that the US PGA tournament is played at Siwanoy country club.
RYDER CUP LAUNCHES
The Ryder cup is launched and is played at Glen-eagles in Scotland. American Golfers were invited to take part in British Open, a feat not achieved by any American till date.
TOM WATSON JACK NICKLAUS AT BRITISH OPEN
The most exciting golf match of all time! Popularly known as the “Duel In The Sun”, this match was played in the first ever Open help in Turn berry. The game was finally won by Tom Watson.
One of the Best British Golfers in 1980s, Sandy Lyle won Open Championship, the first British Golfer in 16 years to do so. He featured in the Top 10 of Official Work Golf Rankings continuously for 167 weeks.
1st British Golfer to win a Master’s Championship, the memory of his iconic 7 Iron shot and the ball rolling back towards the hole is still fresh in the minds of Golf lovers as well as the legend himself.
A thrilling game that established him as one of the Greats, Greg Norman wins British Open with lowest national championship score ever.
The onset of the Millennium Year saw the emergence of the one of the Golfing Greats! Tiger woods wins his first Open Championship paving way for one of the most successful careers in the history of Golf.
Adding another Chapter to Australian Heartbreak, Adam Scott succumbed to the blues of a Bogies final four Open Championship Holes, losing to Ernie Els by one stroke.
GOLF TO BE PLAYED AT THE OLYMPICS
Astonishingly it took until 2016 for Golf to be played as an Olympic Sport, where it debuted at Rio De Janeiro after years of campaigning.