The origins of golf

This week we look back to the origin of golf and the games evolution. The game of golf has had each fair share of challenges and is probably the reason
18 Nov 2012 11:09

By JOSE CALLEJA General Manager, Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course

This week we look back to the origin of golf and the games evolution.
The game of golf has had each fair share of challenges and is probably the reason why many of us are drawn to it. The game originates from the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife and play began in the 15th century. Some historians believe that Kolven from Holland and Chole from Belgium should be credited for the invention which was later introduced in Scotland in 1421. However while these games and many others which utilize a stick and a ball would want to be dubbed the origin of golf, they are missing that key ingredient which makes golf unique and has all golfers rushing to the golf course at 6am, the hole. So there can be no dispute that Scotland gave birth to the game of golf as we know it.
During the mid-15th century, Scotland was preparing to defend itself against an English invasion. The popularity of the game had enthusiasts neglecting military training, primarily archery which resulted in the Scottish parliament of King James II to ban the sport in 1457 although people largely ignored it. It was not until 1502 with the Treaty of Glasgow that the ban was lifted by King James IV and saw James I of England taking up the sport.
The status attributed with golf and popularity within the high society quickly allowed the game to spread throughout the 16th century. However it was the royal acceptance of the game that really fuelled the games popularity. His Majesty King Charles I is mostly responsible for the games popularity in England and Mary Queen of Scots, who was French, for introducing the game in France while she studied there. The term ‘caddie’ stems from the French Military cadets who assisted her by carrying her clubs during her round of golf.
The first formal golf club, the Company of Gentlemen Golfers now the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was established in Edinburgh in 1744 at Leith Links which was the premier golf course of the time. The Gentlemen Golfers formed the club in order to promote an annual competition with a silver golf club as the prize. Leith Links was also the scene of the first international golf match. In 1682 the Duke of York and George Patterson playing for Scotland beat two English noblemen.
The first reference to golf at the historic town of St Andrews was in 1552. The first known reference to golf in America was in 1659, golf was banned from the streets of Albany, New York.
In 1754 the St Andrews Society of Golfers was formed, the Society would host an annual competition using Leith’s club rules that were drafted Duncan Forbes.
It was not until 1834 when King William honoured the club with the title ‘Royal & Ancient’ which led to the new famous clubhouse erected in 1854.  The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews referred to as the (R&A) these days became the premier golf club in Scotland. The club prided itself on it’s fine golf course, the publication of rules, it’s royal patronage and it’s promotion of the game as a proper sport.
Club heads were made from beech or the wood of fruit trees. Some club heads were made from hand-forged iron and shafts were usually ash or hazel. After 1826, persimmon and hickory were imported from the USA to make club heads and shafts respectively.
Balls were made from tightly compressed feathers wrapped in a stitched horse hide sphere. The sport was somewhat exclusive due to the expense of the handcrafted equipment. So when the mass production of golf clubs and golf ball was possible, golf become available to many more players.


This week we provide a review on the Cleveland CG Tour Umbrella.
When it comes to playing an outdoor game like golf, you need to always come prepared, rain or shine. With the constantly changing weather conditions, a reliable all year round protection like the Cleveland CG Tour Umbrella is an important accessory to add in any golfing arsenal. A closer look at its sturdy construction will tell you that this one is definitely built to last and weather the harsh elements.
The following are the features of the Cleveland CG Tour Umbrella:
n This umbrella has double canopies, thus designed to protect you from the slight drizzles and heavy downpour.
n This umbrella is built to handle winds of up to 60mph to ensure you and your irons stay dry from the rain while on the golf course. This is made possible by its patended wind panel design.
If you are looking for an Umbrella with the above features then please contact the Natadola Bay Golf shop on 6733500 and we will order one for you.

PGA Tour events update   
Last week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Classic played on the par 72, 7516 yards, Magnolia Golf Course, Lake Buena Vista, FloridaWorld was won by Charlie Beljan who shot a final round three under par 69 and a total score of 16 under par. This event is Beljan’s first PGA tour win and he is the fourth rookie to win on tour this year. Matt Every finished runner-up on 14 under par.
This week’s event: This week on the European Tour we have the UBS Hong Kong Open scheduled to be played from November 15 to 18. This event will be played on the par 70, 6734 yards, Hong Kong Golf Club. The prize purse for the event is $2 million. The defending champion is Rory Mcllroy who won on a total score of 12 under par.

Last week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational played on the par 72, 6,644 yards Guadalajara Country Club was won by Cristie Kerr. Kerr shot a final round 69 to finish on a total score of 16 under par. Angela Stanford finished one shot behind on 15 under par.
This week’s event: This week the LPGA Tour heads off to Florida for the CME Group Tiltleholders event. The event is scheduled from November 15 to 18 and will be played on the par 72, Twin Eagles Club.  The defending champion is Hee Young Park who finished on a score of 9 under par. The prize purse for the event is $1,500,000.


Last week’s competition results are as follows:

Event:  Saturday Open Competition – 4BBB Stableford
Date:  November 10, 2012
Winner:  George Stock and Mark Tickle – 42 Points
Runner-up:  Grant Alchin and Fiona Fox – 40 Points
NTP: 13th: George Stock


n Wednesday November 21 – Stableford Competition
n Friday November 23 – Bingo, Bango, Bongo Competition
n Saturday November 24 – Stroke Competition

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