If there is one type of sport with all the civility and formality, it’s none other than the golf. Most players, if not all, come from the wealthiest families around the world and are said to be classified as the society of the elite. Golfers are considered as celebrities in their own status since every game is covered or documented on video and is aired by sports channels around the globe.
A very evident feature of the game is on how players are dressed according to every event or tournament. Sun visors, including the wearing of signature shirts and pants from various sponsors, speak of every participant’s prominence from where they were originally born and raised to be a sportsman. Another prominent feature of the sport is the price tag on every golf club placed securely on bags and are carried by assigned caddies. The cost does not concern us much. What you are about to read is on how and when the sport originated.
The sport probably was born in Scotland in the year 1457. No wonder the game, including the players, is famous on what they do because it was originally called “The Game of Kings” or “The King’s Game”. Suffice it to say that it fits only a member of the royalty or the monarchy.
The Scotsman or the Scots were said to have played the game during their leisure time. The ideal setting is a huge lawn or wide garden where they choose a club and with all their might, swing at a ball underneath their feet and repeatedly walk through from one certain point to another, constantly doing a few strokes before proceeding to another portion of a green open field. More and more individuals had been hooked to the game since then, but it took centre stage in the mid-15th century.
It can also be recalled that two of the most powerful kings had signed a royal decree enforcing the ban on the sport because most of their soldiers, especially the guard archers were not doing their jobs as they were told. From this scenario, we can conclude that even during the early times, the sport is already considered addictive already.
Where did the sport originate?
While it is true that golf had been developed in Scotland, but the controversial question now is, where did it actually originate? While the sport enjoyed its wide acceptance over Europe and other neighbouring countries, brilliant people have started scribbling the rules of the game and they were formally published in the 17th century in Edinburgh.
However, strong opposition was thrown against the Scots claiming to have started the game. Strong evidence came out revealing that the Scots were only influenced to play the game because there were even earlier versions of the game that were similar in nature and in practice.