DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that only two sports, one of which is golf, have been played while on the moon? While the modern game of golf originated in 15th-century Scotland, the game’s ancient origins remain unclear. Although it has been traced back to the Roman game of paganica, wherein players used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. Also being cited as the game’s progenitor is the Chinese game of chuiwan, as a Ming Dynasty scroll titled “The Autumn Banquet”, which dates back to 1368, shows a member of the Chinese Imperial court swinging what appears to be a golf club at a small ball with the aim of sinking it into a hole.
The first written record of golf is in Scotland, where King James II banned the game in 1457, seeing it as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery. King James IV, on the other hand, lifted the ban in 1502 when he became a golfer himself, with golf clubs first recorded in 1503-1504. The oldest golf course in the world, according to the Guinness World Records, is The Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland, UK, where players were documented to have visited the grounds as early as March 2, 1672. Nowadays, golf is a widespread sport, wherein fans can either watch tournaments online or live.