Golf has roots in 13th-century Europe. People played a similar game with a stick and a leather ball in a small Dutch village in 1297. There’s a theory that the game was played in the Netherlands in the 17th century.
There have been different recordings in the history books over the centuries. Games similar to golf were played in the same region. However, modern-day golf (with eighteen holes) has its roots in 15th-century Scotland.
Of course, the debate continues about where the actual origins lie and which region should get the honor of introducing the game to the rest of the world.
Golf in the U.S.
The first record of golf in American settlements dates back to 1650. The Dutch settlers played kolf in Fort Orange (now Albany, NY). However, this kolf was played on the ice during the winter season.
By 1657, the game was popular enough that an order had to be issued asking people not to play kolf on Sundays. In 1969, people were banned from playing kolf on the streets. Apparently, they broke too many windows.
Records show that the golf equipment was shipped to the US in 1739 to Charleston in South Carolina. By the 1880s, many golf clubs were established in the US. The National Amateur Championships in 1894 had six golf clubs that went on to form the United States Golf Association (USGA).
The US had 267 golf clubs by 1910 and more than 1100 by 1932. The number rose to 5908 by 1980. Golf became a part of the US culture as more clubs were formed across the country. A whopping 10,600 golf clubs were affiliated with USGA by 2013. Around 8% of the US population plays golf.
What’s more, the infrastructure and real estate have also grown surrounding the game. The US has numerous residential golf clubs and courses with prestigious memberships to select people. The annual membership costs thousands of dollars.
Top Golf Courses in the U.S.
Let’s look at some of the best golf courses in the country:
- Cypress Point- Located in the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains
- Shinnecock Hills- Located in Long Island, New York
- National Golf Links of America- Located in South Hampton, NY
- Pine Valley- Located in southern New Jersey
- Augusta National- Located in Augusta, Georgia
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