Who invented Golf?

Category: History, Sports

Golf is an ancient ball game that makes use of different types of clubs in order to hit the balls into each hole at a golf course.

Though the origins of this game is highly debatable with references being traced back to Roman empire and even Chinese empires, the modern game of golf originated in the coast of Scotland during the 15th century.

Back then, golfers were seen hitting a small rock or a pebble. The game was then improved and balls replaced pebbles. A ball made from the Gurtta Tree sap, invented by Adam Paterson in 1858 was used in the game. Later a rubber cored ball invented by Coburn Haskell in 1898 was used. It was only in 1905 did the modern form of golf ball emerge with the first dimpled golf balls being introduced by William Taylor.

The golf clubs were developed by a bow-maker for King James IV of Scotland. The first golf tees were patented by William Bloxson and Arthur Douglas in the year 1889. The modern day tee was patented by P M Mathews in 1897.

Golf clothing is strictly required to be followed for a game of golf. Women golfers are allowed to wear shorts, skirts and pants. Golf is played alone or may be in a group consisting of two or three players. Golf courses usually have 9 or 18 holes which vary from 85 to 600 yards in length.

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