Golf is considered by some to be ancient game, with its roots dating as far back as the time of the Roman Empire, or to Ancient Persia, or to the Chinese Imperial Court of the Middle Ages. What is in little doubt, however, is that the modern game, as we know it now, can be traced back to medieval Scotland.
The game spread south to England when King James VI of Scotland also became James I of England, at the end of the 16th century. Since then, it has spread all over the world, as is especially popular in the United States, where many of the world’s best-known courses are located.
The sport is one of the most popular participation sports in the world, and appeals to many because of the challenge it provides, as well as its strong social traditions. The game provides a means for many people to find enjoyment in the outdoors, when they might not suit more active or aggressive sports.
The main challenge of the sport lies in perfecting the swing that is made by a golfer’s club when he or she hit the ball. Getting the swing of the club right usually means that the ball will travel further and more accurately when struck. It is by no means as simple as it sounds, however, and many golfers have devoted their lives to the pursuit of the perfect swing.
Frustrating and enthralling in equal measure, golf remains a gripping and popular sport, both for participants and spectators.