Golf origins continues

GOLFING IN PARADISE This week we continue with the origin of golf and the games evolution. Golf Crosses Borders The phrase ‘the sun never sets on the empire’ was very
27 Nov 2012 12:24


This week we continue with the origin of golf and the games evolution.

Golf Crosses Borders
The phrase ‘the sun never sets on the empire’ was very popular during the pinnacle of the British Empire in the 19th century. Most of the early golf clubs outside Britain and America were formed throughout the Commonwealth.
The first golf club formed outside Scotland was Royal Blackheath near London in 1766. However, golf is believed to have been played there as early as 1608.
The first golf club outside Britain was the Bangalore, India, in 1820. Soon after the Bangalore the Royal Calcutta opened in 1829 and the Royal Bombay in 1842.
The Royal Curragh in Ireland and the Pau in France were both formed in 1856. The Adelaide in 1870, The Royal Montreal in 1873, Cape Town in 1885, St Andrew’s of New York in 1888 and Royal Hong Kong in 1889.
The Industrial Revolution as mentioned in last week’s article brought about many social and economic changes.
The railway gave birth to the mass tourism industry and for the first time ordinary people could explore the country.
Golf clubs popped up all over the country as a result of the large week end travelers. People could enjoy the challenge of playing a different golf course every weekend.
Golf equipment was handcrafted and therefore expensive and was reserved for the affluent class. The Industrial Revolution also brought about the mass production of metal club heads, shafts and gutta percha balls. So now the average person was able to afford to play golf and this directly contributed to the phenomenal growth of golf.

Professional Golf
The Prestwick Golf Club was formed in 1851. In 1860 the first major national championship was played at Prestwick and Willie Park was the winner.
The tournament is now known as The Open or The British Open. It was here that the legend of Old Tom Morris was born when he won the event in 1862, 1864 and 1867.
His son, also named Tom Morris was the first great champion winning the event a record four consecutive times from 1868. Other historical winners which contributed to the development of the game were JH Taylor in 1894 and Harry Vardon in 1896. Together with James Braid, these three men were known as the Great Triumvirate.
The British Open was one of only a few sponsored tournaments where golf professionals could make a living. The other means to generate income was through betting against their opponent, tuition, ball and club making and caddying.
For the first time in 1892 gate receipts were used as prize money in Cambridge, England. The first international golf tournament was the Amateur Golf Championship of India and the East in 1893.
In 1894, the United States Golf Association (USGA) was established to regulate the game in the United States and Mexico. The USGA’s other responsibilities included turf research.
The US Open, US Ladies Amateur Open were inaugurated in 1895.
By 1900’s there were more than 1000 golf clubs in the USA.  The American golf courses were usually landscaped parklands, “target golf” best describes these courses and is the term used now days.
Golf Course in the United Kingdom were typical links courses.






This week we provide a review on the Cleveland Mashie Hybrid.
The following are the features of the Cleveland Mashie Hybrid:

  • The Enhanced Gliderail Technology of this hybrid produces less turf drag, increased lift, speed at impact from any lie, and more distance, versatility and accuracy from the rough, sand, tee and fairway.
  • The Ultralite Technology of this club consist of a premium shaft and grip combination that reduces total club weight by over 20 grams-Increased swing speed to produce more distance from the rough, sand, tee and fairway
  • This club has the Miyazaki C. Kua 59 Hybrid Shaft made in Japan producing faster swing speed and more distance.

If you are looking for a hybrid 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 UBS Hong Kong Open played on the par 70, 6734 yards; Hong Kong Golf Club was won by Miguel Angel Jimenez who shot a final round five under par 65 and a total score of 15 under par. Jimenez became the oldest winner in European Tour history as the Spaniard producing a master class in approach play and captured the UBS Hong Kong Open for the third time. Fredrik Anderson finished runner-up on 14 under par.
This week’s event: This week on the European Tour we have the DP World Tour Championship scheduled to be played from November 22 to 25. This event will be played on the par 72, 7675 yards, Jesmeirah Golf Estate, Earth course. The prize purse for the event is $8 million.


Last week’s CME Group Titleholders event played on the par 72, Twin Eagles Club was won by South Korean Na Yeon Choi. Choi managed to hold onto her third-round lead to capture her seventh-career LPGA victory at the season-ending CME Group Titleholders. Choi won $500,000 first-place check after finishing with a 14-under 274. Finishing two shots behind Choi is fellow Korean and Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year So Yeon Ryu.
This week’s event: This week the LPGA Tour takes a break. We look at the stats on the LPGA tour. Inbee Park is the official money leader with earnings of $2,287,080.Stacy Lewis leads the Rolex player of the year and So Yeon Ryu leads the Louise Suggs Rolex player of the year award.

Last week’s competition results are as follows:
Event:  Saturday Open Competition – 2 person Ambrose
Date:  November 17, 2012
Winner: Neil Stokes and John Kemp – Nett 65
Runner-up: Bob Lyon and Roger Dold – Nett 71
NTP: 13th: Mr. Vince


  • Wednesday November 28 – Stableford Competition
  • Friday November 30 – Stroke Competition
  • Saturday December 1 – Stroke Competition

Player review

This week’s between shots is Jason Demay
What clubs do you use? I use Titleist clubs.
Where is your home club? Mooroopna Golf Course, Victoria, Australia.
Who is your favourite player? Adam Scott.
What course do you love to play? I love to Natadola Bay Golf Course.
What is your favourite hole? The 7th hole at Natadola Bay
What shot will you always remember? Tee shot on 10th Hole at Mooroopna.
Who are your dream playing partners? My Dad, Adam Scott and Greg Norman.
This was what Mr Demay had to say about Natadola Bay Golf Course: “Natadola Bay is spectacular with great scenery, great staff. It was a pleasure to play at Natadola”.


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