Do you often play golf? If yes, National Golf Lovers Day is made especially for you! What better way to show off your skills than taking your favorite club and playing on the field? There are a lot of people in America who love the game, and the International Federation is also actively trying to attract the younger generation by organizing various events.
The exact origin of golf is unknown, but evidence suggests that there were similar games before our era. For example, Julius Caesar supposedly hit a ball filled with a feather with a club-shaped branch. In China, a similar game was already played in 940 BC. The modern look of the game may have originated in Scotland in the 15th century. However, scientists still debate this point. It is believed that stones were used as swords, and they were hit along improvised paths by a curved structure.
In 1457, golf was banned in Scotland by the King, as men were spending too much time on the course. The ban was lifted after 50 years and the game was soon embraced by England and Europe. In the US, golf became widely popular in the 17th century, and it reached its peak in 1920.
- Similar games were played all over the world, making it impossible to determine the exact origin.
- The first rules of golf were written in 1687 by medical student Thomas Kinkade, who also introduced the terms “advantage” and “handicap”.
- Each club is assigned a specific number, and the angle of the head depends on it.
- Originally, there were 22 holes on the field, but in 1764 their number decreased to 18, and it has remained the same until today.
- Accuracy is one of the most important qualities for a player. Surprisingly, in 1899 a blind person successfully participated in a game.
How to take part
If you’re a golf enthusiast, gather your friends and go play a round! Compete and take some memorable photos! If you are new to the sport, attend master classes, talk to professionals and follow their advice. Learn about the history of golf tournaments – there are many interesting stories to discover.
When is National Golf Lovers Day in 2023?
National Golf Lovers Day is observed on October 4 each year.