History of Golf

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland: History __ Learn about some of the 'ancient' golf clubs of Scotland such as Carnoustie, Leven and others. - illustrated - From antiquegolfscotland.com - http://www.antiquegolfscotland.com/antiquegolf/history.php3 

A Brief History of Golf __ Where did golf really start?  Perhaps you can find the answer here.  "There is general agreement that the Scots were the earliest of golf addicts but who actually invented the game is open to debate. We know that golf has existed for at least 500 years because James II of Scotland, in an Act of Parliament dated March 6, 1457, had golf and football banned because these sports were interfering too much with archery practice sorely needed by the loyal defenders of the Scottish realm!" - illustrated - From tourcanada.com/Don Haaheim - http://www.tourcanada.com/golfhist.htm


Canadian Golf Hall of Fame __ "The "Grand old Game's" roots in North America were established with the formation of the Royal Montreal Golf Club in 1873, making Canada the birthplace of organized golf on the continent."  A great website for researching the game and its history. - illustrated - From Canadian Golf Hall of Fame - http://www.rcga.org/english/HallOfFame/hall_ofFame.asp 

Canadian Golf History __ "It should come as no surprise to find that the game of golf in Canada owes its establishment to the massive immigration of Scots during the 19th Century...The game had been played in Scotland for well over 300 years by the time the word "golf" is first found in print in Canada. That was 1826, when the Montreal Herald ran a notice "To Scotsmen A few true sons of Scotia, eager to perpetuate the remembrance of her Customs have fixed upon the 25th December and the 1st January, for going to the Priests' Farm, to PLAY AT GOLF."  A good overview. - From ontgolf.ca - http://www.ontgolf.ca/history/canadahistory.php

Golf ball and golf history - History & evolution of the golf ball __ "The Evolution Of The Golf Ball highlights major changes in the game of golf and depicts important golf landmarks. The development of the golf club, the golf course, and the rules of the game all were affected by this evolution."  Learn how a leather-covered ball stuffed with goose or chicken feathers evolved into the hi-tech golf ball of today. - illustrated - From thedesignshop.com - http://www.thedesignshop.com/history.htm

Golf History FAQ - Questions and Answers about Golf History __ This Golf History FAQ answers frequently asked questions about the history of golf. - From about.com - http://golf.about.com/od/historyofgolf/a/faq_golfhistory.htm  


Golfonline __ A good general site about the game which has good videos of some great moments in golf history. - illustrated - from golfonline.com - http://www.golfonline.com/golfonline/features/history/article/0,17742,467873,00.html 

Historical Rules of Golf __ "All the Rules issued since the formation of the first R&A Rules of Golf Committee in 1897 are here, as issued by the R&A. When opportunity permits, USGA versions will be added." - From ruleshistory.com - http://www.ruleshistory.com/ 

History of golf __ "The exact origins of the sport of golf are unclear. The most widely accepted theory is that this sport originated in Scotland in the High Middle Ages."  An encyclopedic article with links to related subjects. - From wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_golf

History of Golf - Golf Channel __ Dr. Gary Wiren's video vignettes on the evolution of golf equipment and more. ... A look at some of the most popular books on the game, its history and more. - From thegolfchannel.com - http://www.thegolfchannel.com/30300/2402/ 

History of Golf since 1497 part 1 __ "Golf as we know it today originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century. Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a stick or primitive club."  And the story goes on. - illustrated - From golfeurope.com - http://www.golfeurope.com/almanac/history/history1.htm 


History of Golf Provide by PCA Worldwide __ It is believed that golf originated in St. Andrews, Scotland, and is at least 600 years old. The French and Dutch have claims of their own.  Find which is right along with a lot more. - illustrated - From pcaworldwide.com - http://www.pcaworldwide.com/history.htm 

History of Golf - Scottish Perspective __ This page gives an overview of the historical development of the game of golf.  You will find information, not only about the game, but some of the players who made it great. - illustrated -  From golfing-scotland.com - http://www.golfing-scotland.com/history.asp

A history of golf __ An essay about golf's history. - From essortment.com - http://www.essortment.com/all/golfhistorygo_rmof.htm

Welcome to Scottish Golf History __ You will find History and current details of oldest golfing locations in Scotland and oldest golf clubs and societies. - From scottishgolfhistory.net - http://www.scottishgolfhistory.net/

What is a brief history of Golf? __ You will find a brief article. - From quezi.com -  http://quezi.com/10748  


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