In the contemporary world, there are a number of sports to choose from, especially if one is considering a new hobby or simply just trying a sport. With the name itself, sometimes, sports reflect that an individual interested in playing such must be physically fit.


Conversely, the sport, Golf, is one of the most followed sports these days. One does not necessarily need to be extremely fit to play the sport; almost anyone could actually play the game. It has been popular for centuries as it has made quite an impact on the sports industry. Some undergo golfing due to its simplicity in terms of game play. However, amidst all the fuss about golfing, little do the masses know about where the sport originated. The entire history of the sport is currently being debated by different scholars and countries with regards to its origins. Many countries present different documents illustrating that golf has begun in their own respective countries.


On the 26th of February in 1297, a comparable game took place in a town in the Netherlands named Loenen aan de Vecht. A Dutch player made use of a stick and a leather ball and whoever strikes the ball with the smallest amount of strokes into a hole yards away was acknowledged the winner. However, some scholars and reports from continental Europe argue that they have already played such game predating the one which took place in Loenen aan de Vecht.


On April 2005, the birth of the sport has once again been questioned. Professor Ling Hongling from Lanzhou University argued that a similar game took place in China, 500 years prior than the game which took place in Scotland. Documents from the Song Dynasty, a game called chuíwán with inclusions of drawings of the said game. Players supposedly used 10 clubs with some of them similar to a driver.


Amidst all the arguments about the origins of the game, it is generally accepted as a Scottish discovery. The initial documented citing of it in Scotland was stated in a 1457 Act of the Scottish Parliament, a proclamation issued by King James II of Scotland which forbids the playing of golf and football as they were considered as a diversion from archery exercise of military functions. Similar bans have again been present in the Acts of 1471 and 1491. Some records suggest that King James IV of Scotland played the sport at Musselburgh Links on the 2nd of March 1672, despite his ban of the sport. The Old Links, Musselburgh is considered as the earliest golf course in the world.


It is of no surprise that numerous countries are taking credit of the sport’s origin considering it is a very popular sport. Despite the numerous disagreements on where the famous sport originated, the privilege of playing it is continuously being enjoyed today. Many are fascinated with the plainness of the game and how anyone could venture into the sport. Gain possession of the sport’s club, ball and a hole and one has got himself a game to take pleasure in.

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