Golf History Worldwide Outside Of Scotland!



Golf history in Europe

Golf history maybe starts with a golf-like game recorded as taking place on 26 February 1297, in the Netherlands, in a city called Loenen aan de Vecht, where the Dutch played a game with a stick and leather ball.

The winner was whoever hit the ball with the least number of strokes into a target several hundred yards away.

Some scholars argue that this game of putting a small ball in a hole in the ground using golf clubs was also played in 17th-century Netherlands and that this predates the game in Scotland, something which is debated among historians.

There are also other reports of earlier accounts of a golf-like game from continental Europe.


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In April 2005, new evidence re-invigorated the debate concerning golf history and the origins of golf.

Recent evidence unearthed by Prof. Ling Hongling of Lanzhou University suggests that a game similar to modern-day golf was played in China since Southern Tang Dynasty, 500 years before golf was first mentioned in Scotland.

Dongxuan Records from the Song Dynasty (960–1279) describes a game called chuíwán (??) and also includes drawings of the game.

It was played with 10 clubs including a cuanbang, pubang, and shaobang, which are comparable to a driver, two-wood, and three-wood.

Clubs were inlaid with jade and gold, suggesting golf was for the wealthy.

Chinese archive includes references to a Southern Tang official who asked his daughter to dig holes as a target.

Ling suggested golf was exported to Europe and then Scotland by Mongolian travellers in the late Middle Ages.

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Golf History In Japan

In 1903 a group of British expatriates established the first golf club in Japan, at Kobe.

In 1913 the Tokyo Golf club at Komazawa was established for and by native Japanese who had encountered golf in the United States. In 1924 The Japan Golf Association was established by the seven clubs then in existence.

During the 1920s and early 30's several new courses were built, however the great depression and increasing anti-western sentiment limited the growth of the game.

By the time of the Japanese attacks against the USA and British Empire in 1941 there were 23 courses.

Of course this put a pause into the golf history in Japan ...

During the subsequent war most of the courses were requisitioned for military use or returned to agricultural production.




In the postwar period, Japan's golf courses came under the control of the occupying forces.

It was not until 1952 that courses started to be returned to Japanese control.By 1956 there were 72 courses and in 1957 Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono won the Canada Cup (now World Cup) in Japan, an event that is often cited as igniting the post-war golf boom.

By the early 1970s there were over 1,000 courses. The 1987 Resort Law that reduced protection on agricultural land and forest preserves created a further boom in course construction and by 2009 there were over 2,400 courses.

The popularity of golf in Japan also caused many golf resorts to be created across the Pacific Rim.

And of course, we are now seeing more and more players coming from Asia. And I think we'll have to get used to more top players coming from countries that we traditionally don't think of as "golf countries".






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