Golf is one of the world’s most ancient sports, yet it’s as popular now as it has ever been. So why has golf endured for so long? And how has it changed over time?
The history of golf sport
While the modern game of golf originated in 15th-century Scotland, the roots of golf can be traced back to 100BC Rome. But golf hasn’t simply stayed the same since it was invented, and there have been a few important changes over the years. For example, golf was previously played over 22 holes, but this was reduced to what is now the standard 18 holes in the 18th century.
There is also an enduring myth that the word ‘golf’ stands for ‘gentlemen only, ladies forbidden’, but that’s not accurate. While it’s true that women haven’t always been allowed to play, the name is actually thought to come from the medieval Dutch word ‘kolf’ which meant ‘club’.