Origins Of Golf And Golf

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Historians have long debated that early forms of golf predates Christ. The Roman game of Pacanica which used a bent stick and wool or feather stuffed leather ball, dates back to 100 BC. It is thought that golf origins began in the games of ball-and-stick in ancient times. But the modern game can be traced back to Scotland in the early 15th century. We will explore origins of golf, its equipment, the old courses, four major tournaments and the players that have paved the way to its popularity.
In 1457 King James II and the Scottish Parliament outlawed the games of golf and soccer because the sports were interfering with archery practice, which was necessary for national defense. King James IV of Scotland later removed the ban in 1500 after taking up the game himself. When King James IV united Scotland and England in 1600s, golf then became popular in England as well. The rise of the sport was helped considerably by its popularity among the ruling class. Mary, Queen of Scots often played, her clubs carried by students she called “cadets.” It is believed this is the origin of the word “caddie” (History Of the game..., 2015).
The primary reason golf was inaccessible to the lower class was the price of the golf ball. Each ball was handcrafted and extremely difficult to make. There were very few ball makers with the skill to make quality golf balls. The cost per ball was equivalent to $14 in today’s currency. It was not until the introduction of the Gutta Percha ball or

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