The beginning of golf is covered with mystery. We have to make it clear that Scotland is the most responsible for setting the ground on which golf is based. Nobody negates that golf is an ancient game. It did not happen suddenly, but it was the result of similar activities that evolved over a long period of years. Early English version was called “Cambuca” and it was using a wooden ball. Most evidence of the existence of golf is linked to Scotland.

King James II

Golf quickly gained popularity in Scotland and King James II banned the game in the 15th century. At that time Scotland was in the war with England, and the military, especially the archers, spent more time playing golf than practicing archery, which was a vital in defending the country. Of course, golf enthusiasts often ignored the ban, so in the next few years, the king had to make similar declarations two more times. About 40 years later, the ban was withdrawn when the nobleman started playing golf. In 1502, Scottish King James IV received a set of golf clubs and balls from one the man who was producing bows and strings at that time.

Queen of Scotland

The next Scottish King James V also played Golf and was a frequent guest of Gosford in East Lothian, where he had his own private Links golf field. People assume that his daughter Mary, the Queen of Scotland, has begun playing golf since she was a little girl. Later, at school in France, she continued to play golf. In 1567 she was criticized for the fact that she was playing golf right after the death of her husband, Lord Darnley.

Golf clubs

The first official golf club “The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh” was founded in 1735. Then, in 1744, “The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” was created, and ten years later, in 1754, the most famous golf club in the world, “The Society of St. Andrews Golfers”, which took a new name “The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews “. According to historians, Scottish masonry lodges were financially supporting the first golf clubs. The reason of creating these clubs was the fact that members of the masonry organizations had to meet in an unobtrusive way. The first club outside of Scotland, “Royal Blackheath”, was formed in England in 1766. In 1818, the “Old Manchester Golf Club” was founded at Kelsall Moor. At the end of the 18th century, there was a total of ten golf clubs in England and Scotland.

Rules Committee Meeting

We had to wait almost 200 years for any standardization of the game, in the form we know today. It took so much time to make any written rules. On May 14, 1754, the first session of the “Rules Committee in Golf” was held by “The Society of St. Andrews Golfers”. There were 21 representatives of noble and gentlemen, all for the purpose of adopting “Specific Rules and Laws related to Healthy Golfing”. Those people could not even dream of what they actually started, but it was enough that they were all passionate about golf.