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Uncovering the Mystery of the Rich History of Golf

Uncovering the Mystery of the Rich History of Golf

Where did it come from? How did it get here? What is all of this for? While these type of deep posing questions are typically asked when contemplating the meaning of life as we know it, they’re also not entirely out of context when thinking about our favorite pastime.

History is a fleeting subject, especially when it comes to golf. As players and aficionados of the sport, we’re much more concerned with the present and the future. How does your swing look now; how can I save shots around the greens on my next round.

 

But surround yourself in the current-day culture of the game and you’ll realize that there’s an undeniably rich past that has shaped the way we play, enjoy, and view golf today.

Recognizing the Good Ol’ Days

Many young players today consider the days of Nicklaus, Nelson, and Jones as “ancient history.” In a way, they’re not entirely wrong, but, at the same time, are so far from right. Golf hasn’t been around for mere decades - it’s been around for centuries as evidence suggests.

Birth of the Majors

If you’re a real golf nut (like all of us are here), you probably know that the oldest of the four majors is The Open Championship. The event was first played in 1860, more than 155 years ago (October 17th 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club, for any trivia fans out there). 

While that’s a very long time ago, 155 years isn’t even a blip on the radar for where we’re about to go next. 

Current-Day Golf’s Roots

The game as we know it today traces back to Scotland in 1457, as it was outlawed by King James II for distracting soldiers from their military training. But the game goes even deeper still.

If 1457 sounded like a long time, how does the year 960 sound? That’s when golf (in a different fashion, not quite like we know it today) was played during the Song Dynasty in China. But it goes back even further than that!

Evidence supports that golf dates all the way back to the days of Julius Caesar. Again, not exactly how we play it today, a very similar game using a feather-stuffed ball and tree branches.

Constantly Shaping the Game

Needless to say, golf has changed a lot since the days of Julius Caesar and the Song Dynasty. Considering how today’s technology has completely transformed the game — and products such as the Perfect Putter has revolutionized the way it’s taught — we’re able to produce players now that are changing the game as we’ll know in in the future.

It’s good to take a look back at where the game came from, knowing that it’s going to be around for a long time still. 

 

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