History of Golf and Some of the Best Courses

Some people can not understand why golf is so much fun to play. For those of us that do play, we can not imagine life without it. Golf courses can be found all across the world and enjoyed by people of all ages.


There is much debate about the history of golf still to this day. If we take a look at everything we think we know about golf then it looks like this. We all know that Scotland is credited for the invention of golf during the 15th century. Here is where some of the debate comes in.

1100’s games similar to golf were played in China. Games that involved some type of stick and ball with a target or goal. These games would be similar to field or ice hockey. It is believed that these types of games moved into Europe then Scotland.

1300’s – 1400’s Stick & ball along with football type games were being played all over Scotland

1457 King James II of Scotland issued a ban on the playing of these games. James complained that they were keeping his archers from their practice which was needed for defenses.

1471 James III kept the ban on these games.

1491 James IV kept the ban on these games.

Scots continued to play these games even though they were banned.

1500’s the ban is released and the games have evolved over the years. The Scots would go to an open field with a stick and see who could hit the ball the farthest. They would use dirt to set their ball up from the ground (tee). They would dig a hole to get dirt for their ball each time they hit.

(My Theory) One day a ball fell into a hole and his buddy said, I bet you can’t do that again. Then the first guy said, oh ya I bet I can do it before you can.

1500’s the Scots played on courses laid out by the sea. These courses were called links.

1500’s One of these links were called the St. Andrews Links. There were eleven holes in a line from the clubhouse to the end of the property. The Scots would play all the way down then turn around and come back. This made for a total of 22 holes.

1567 it is said that Mary Queen of Scots played golf on the St. Andrews Links.

1700’s holes at the St. Andrews Links that were considered to  토토추천  short were combined. This took the number of Links to 9. Playing a round of Links at St. Andrews front to back was now 18 holes. Which became the standard for golf as we know it.

1799 the game of Golf shows up in the United States

1888 the first public course opens in New York

People still like to debate the small details about golf. The one thing we know for sure is the Scots gave us Golf as we know it today. For that we are very grateful!

This history has brought along Elite courses such as Augusta National, The Seminole Club, Winged Foot, Pine Valley, St. Andrews, Royal Melbourne and many more.

Just a few historic moments in golf history:

1895 Baltusrol opens and has hosted seven U.S Opens, two of which were won by Jack Nicklaus

1926 Americans and British played an Informal match at Wentworth Country Club, England. At the end of play, Samuel Ryder remarked ” We should do this again” and donated a trophy. Thus the Ryder Cup was born.

1929 Seminole Golf Club was born,where the late Ben Hogan said “If you can play Seminole, you can play anywhere”

1929 Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York hosted it’s first US Open, where Bobby Jones won with 14 over par.

1931 U.S Open at Inverness, Billy Burke played 144 holes to defeat George Elm making it the longest major championship ever played.

1941 Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas was the first club in the South to host the U.S Open. Hole #12 was a favorite of the great Ben Hogan which was later nicknamed “Hogan’s Alley”

1958 Arnold Palmer eagled #13 at Amen Corner on his way to his first major championship. Holes #11,#12, #13 at Augusta National got the nickname Amen Corner because that is where the green jacket is often won or lost.

1954 Augusta National, hole #16 nicknamed “Redbud”, Ben Hogan three-putted which lost him the playoff to Sam Snead. Jack Nicklaus birdied the same hole in 1963 on his first Masters win.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *