A Brief History of Golf
Early golfers played at the game for many years without any thought of forming a society or club until finally a group of Edinburgh golfers in 1744 formed a club called the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. At this time, the first rules of golf, 13 in all, were drawn up for an annual competition between sportsmen from any part of Great Britain and Ireland. A few years later the Society of St Andrews Golfers was formed and in 1834, when King William IV became the Society's patron, the title was changed to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. A brief history of golf and how the game evolved including facts and information.
A History of Golf since 1497 part 1
Golf as we know it today originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century. Golf history from as early as 1497.
BBC Sport Academy Golf History
In 1766, Royal Blackheath Golf Club in England became the first club outside Scotland, followed by the Old Manchester Golf Club on Kersal Moor in 1818. BBC Sport Academy offers historical golf information.
British Golf Museum in St. Andrews
The British Golf Museum is the world's premier heritage center for golf. Come and experience the history of golf in a unique location, just yards from the old course. The museum is a 5 minute walk from the town center, directly opposite The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. The British Golf Museum is open 7 days a week, 360 days a year. We are only closed on 24th, 25th, 26th and 31st December and 1st January. Where better to find out about golf than in St. Andrews, the home of golf.
Historical Rules of Golf
These pages will be of use to individuals looking to find the Rules of Golf and anyone interested in the history of the game. You can find the full Rules that were in force for a particular year, or follow a Rule’s development and change over the years by selecting a topic. All the Rules issued since the formation of the first R&A Rules of Golf Committee in 1897 are here, as issued by the R&A. When opportunity permits, USGA versions will be added. Discussion and research on the rules of golf from development (1744) to the way we know them today.
History of Golf - Scottish Perspective
Throughout recorded history, every civilization has played a game with a club and a ball. Pangea for example, as described by Roman scribes, would appear to be the father both of modern hockey and the Celtic games of Shinty and Hurling.The history of golf is traced from its origins in Scotland to its development into the modern game of golf.
Indian Golf History
Golf had already been played in India for 59 years before the first major course was opened in the USA and Europe in 1888. By the end of the 19th century, India already had a dozen golf clubs. What makes golfing in India exciting is the diversity of its courses. Not only does it have the oldest golf club in the world outside Great Britain, but also the highest, at Gulmarg, altitude 2,700 meters, in Kashmir. There are golf courses in the mountains, plains, and deserts and at beach resorts. The environment of each course is unique in its culture and history, highlighting all that makes India a diverse destination. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that one of the best ways to experience India is through its golf courses. Most of India's courses are well connected by road, rail, and air, and have excellent accommodation facilities. Till the 50s, golf clubs in India were affiliated to the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, which followed the rules of St. Andrews in Scotland. In December 1955, a group of golfers got together to form the Indian Golf Union as the controlling body for the game.
Scottish Golf History
One of the most common misconceptions is that the word GOLF is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. This at least is definitely not true. It is now generally accepted that the word 'golf' is derived from a word meaning club. At Scottish Golf History, we offer information on the oldest golf sites, oldest golf societies, oldest golf courses, and the oldest 18 hole courses.