Golf History

The history of golf is something that most people do not know about. Golf originated in Scotland in the 15th century. It is an 18 hole sport that was created at the Old Course at Saint Andrews in 1764. Surprisingly enough, they chose the number 18 because of how many shots there were in a whiskey or scotch bottle. They used to take one shot on every hole, and after 18 holes, the bottle was empty, so they decided to stop there. The first major tournament, which is also the oldest, is the Open Championship. It is also known as the British Open and was played in 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland. Golf is one of the oldest sports still being played globally, initially dating back to 1297.


The word golf came from the Dutch word ‘kolf’ or ‘kolve,’ which simply means club. It was not until the 16th century that they changed it to golf. Birdie, which is the word used when a player scores one under par, originally came from the American slang word ‘bird,’ which meant excellent.


A golf hole is normally about 4.25 inches in diameter and was accepted into the rules in 1891 as the size the hole would have to be. They must also be at least 4 inches deep.


Andy Roberts and Rhein Gibson tie for the lowest round in history. They both shot 16 under par, which also is the score of 55, and both did it in Oklahoma. On September 4, 2020, at South Lakes Golf Course Andy Roberts shot the world record. Eight years before that, Rhein Gibson at River Oaks Golf Club set the lowest round record. The lower the number is, the better the score you have.


Golf is one of the many sports in the Summer Olympics. In the year 1900, golf was introduced in the Olympics, held in Paris, and 22 players competed. The golfers consisted of twelve men and ten women. Golf was only played in the 1900 and 1904 Olympics until October 2009 when they decided to bring it back to the 2016 games.

The oldest course in history is not St. Andrews, which many people believe but instead Musselburgh Links. This course was made around 1672 and is still around today. It is located in Musselburgh, United Kingdom, and is only a 9-hole course. The par is 34, which most 9 holes consist of a par of 36.


Golf is a sport that many people do not know a lot about unless they play it. It is a global sport that many people enjoy and love.