Jul 8, 2015

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OriginofGolf.com – Chapter Four “Out of the Dark & Entering The Light”...

OriginofGolf.com – Chapter Four “Out of the Dark & Entering The Light”

In Chapter three we discussed the religious and political turmoil Europe endured in the 15th and 16th Centuries. Golf, as a sporting game suffered, it was put on the back burner while War’s were fought and empires expanded. Within the United Kingdom, England and Scotland operated as separate countries. Scotland established its independence from England under figures including William Wallace in the late 13th century and Robert Bruce in the 14th century. In the 15th century under the Stewart Dynasty, despite a turbulent political history, the Crown gained greater political control at the expense of independent lords and regained most of its lost territory to approximately the modern borders of the country. The death of the king James IV, when the French were attacked by the English he declared war on England and was excommunicated by the Pope. He met his death where the invasion was stopped decisively on 9 September 1513 at the “Battle of Flodden” and James IV and many of his nobles were killed. Once again Scotland’s government lay in the hands of regents in the name of infant, James V. As we enter the 15th and onto the 16th Centuries, the Modern version of Golf...

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Jul 23, 2014

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OriginofGolf.com – Chapter Three “Kolf/Golf moves Northward”...

OriginofGolf.com – Chapter Three “Kolf/Golf moves Northward”

In Chapter two, we spoke of games, quite similar to Modern Golf, some born in the countries of France, and the Netherlands, games like “Chole”, “Jeu De Mail”, and “Maliespel”, variations also migrating northward to England, and very likely Scotland as well. Most of these games had similarities to the Game of Golf, including the Dutch game of “Kolf”, or sometimes “Kolven”, with artistic proof (paintings, or drawings), of Dutchmen playing, mostly on frozen lakes and ponds. The equipment certainly appeared quite similar to modern “Golf” sticks and balls used in the Game of Golf as we know it today, even back Pre 16th or even 15th Centuries. But, as there are certainly similarities in these variety of games, no evidence has appeared that the precise nature, either via the Rules used, and the fact the game was played on dry land has ever been pinpointed, either by document or artistry. Thus I’d repeat my statement from Chapter Two, that being Scottish traders visiting the continent took note of the game, and then imported and changed it to better suit the terrain they had to work with in Scotland. Certainly no doubt British Traders the same as well. It’s...

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Apr 28, 2014

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OriginofGolf.com – Chapter Two “European Influences”...

OriginofGolf.com – Chapter Two “European Influences”

In Chapter One, we spoke of Ancient games, quite similar to Modern Golf, the Roman game of “Paganica”, and Chinese game of “Chuiwan”, both stick and ball games, quite similar to modern Golf. Similarities also as to stick and ball games also exsisted within Europe. We’ll speak of those Games in this Chapter, and some cases put a date to their creation date at which country it was played. Written records dating back to 1200 mention up to four popular games that all bear similarities to Modern Golf. We’ll discuss the most similar game, “Chole” with Origins in both Belgium and France. The game of “Chole” was probably the closest to modern Golf. It was played with iron-headed clubs and a wooden ball, and the aim was to reach a given target in the minimum number of strokes. Unlike other European based games, “Chole” appears to have been on dry land (versus on ice). Being as the hitting ball was made of wood, one would have presume balls would have to be replaced on a regular basis. Like other balls produced in later centuries one would think the making of these wooden balls would become a cottage industry for...

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Apr 16, 2014

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OriginofGolf.com – Chapter One “Beginnings”...

OriginofGolf.com – Chapter One “Beginnings”

The “Origin of Golf” is deeply rooted in History, dating back centuries. The earliest known reference, that being mentioned in some document of same form was not even mentioned in that specific name, “Golf”. As we navigate the Origin of Golf, through the monthly chapters you’ll see names given to early, some way say crude forms of the sport. One of those words was “Paganica”, tracing back to an early Roman Game some 100 BC, a game the early Romans in which players used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. Tracing the earliest origin of the game is difficult, due to a lack of written records. It’s possible more can be gleaned from some of the earliest known imagery, be it drawings, paintings, even imagery chiseled in stone. The relief shown at right clearly being Ancient, probable “Paganica” game. Looks like the start of a “Hockey” game, another sport related, or having some similarities to Golf. Guess it was not too, too cold where a “Paganica” Match got going. Bingo, a nudist Golf Course, have to look that one up, Members Only of course. Yep, there’s a couple of them, and on one, Nudity, or not...

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