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GOLF. History. It's definitely true that golf as we know it emerged in Scotland. The Scots were playing golf in its very basic form - take a club, swing it at a ball, move ball from starting point to finishing hole in as few strokes as possible - by at least the mid-15th Century.

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  • It's definitely true that golf as we know it emerged in Scotland. The Scots were playing golf in its very basic form - take a club, swing it at a ball, move ball from starting point to finishing hole in as few strokes as possible - by at least the mid-15th Century.
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History Cont…

In fact, the earliest known reference to golf comes from King James II of Scotland, who, in 1457, issued a ban on the playing of golf and football (soccer). Those games, James complained, were keeping his archers from their practice.

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History Cont…
  • The game continued to develop in Scotland over the decades and centuries, until 1744 when the first-known rules of golf were put down in writing in Edinburgh. Golf as it was then played would be easily recognized by any modern golfer.
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History Cont…
  • The medieval Dutch term "kolf" meant "club," and the Dutch were playing games (mostly on ice) at least by the 14th Century in which balls were struck by sticks that were curved at the bottom. Sounds a lot like hockey, doesn't it? Except that it sort of sounds like golf, too (except for that ice part).
10 basic rules of golf
10 Basic Rules of Golf
  • 1- EtiquetteBe considerate of your fellow players. Don't talk, move, or distract a player in any other way during his swing.
  • 2- 14-club limitThe USGA allows a maximum of 14 clubs to be carried in a bag. Less than that is okay.
  • 3- Tee markersWhen teeing off on a hole, the ball must be behind the tee markers. (Draw an imaginary line between the two markers and tee your ball behind that line.)
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10 Basic Rules of Golf
  • 4- As it liesPlay the ball as it lies. This means you may not improve the way the ball is at rest. If you are on the green, you may mark and pick up your ball to clean it, but while in the fairway, you must play the ball as it lies. See the USGA rule book for special circumstances like winter rules, obstructions, standing water, etc.
  • 5- AwayThe ball farthest from the hole is the one that is played first. The term is "away." Example: "John, you are away, so go ahead and play first." The person with the lowest score for the hole has "the honors," and plays first on the next hole.
  • 6- Sand trapsIf your ball lands in the sand trap, remember to rake it after you have played your shot. The groups behind you will appreciate this. Since this is a hazard, you cannot ground your club prior to the swing. Practice swings are okay, as long as you do not contact the sand.
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10 Basic Rules of Golf
  • 7- Out of boundsIf you hit your ball OB, there is a one-stroke penalty, and you must hit another ball. If you are not sure if the ball is OB, hit a "Provisional Ball" just in case. If you determine that the first ball is OB, then you continue on and play with the Provisional Ball.
  • 8- Water hazardsIf you hit your ball into a water hazard, you may play it (could be messy), or play another ball from where you just hit (with a one-stroke penalty). Another option is to drop another ball where the original ball entered the hazard, incur a one-stroke penalty and play on.
  • 9- Putting greenWhen on the green, never walk across another player's line of putt. The imprint that your feet leave on the green can alter the path of the ball. Always step over the line of the putt or around it.
  • 10- Have funGolf is a great game, so have fun with it and whenever possible, leave the golf course in the same shape that you found it.
more golf etiquette hints
More Golf Etiquette Hints

• Quiet, please! Never talk during another player's swing.

• Do not yell out following a shot. Even if boisterous behavior doesn't bother your playing partners, there are other people on the course who may be within earshot.

• Be aware of your shadow on the putting green. Don't stand in a place that causes your shadow to be cast across another player or that player's putting line.

• Never walk through a playing partner's putting line. Your footprints might alter the path of a partner's putt. Step over the putting line, or walk around (behind) the partner's ball.

  • Do not swing your club until you know that others in your group are at a safe distance. Likewise, keep your distance when others are swinging. Be aware to steer clear of trouble.
  • When practicing your swing, never swing in the direction of another player. There may be pebbles or twigs or other matter in the grass that could fly up and injure a playing partner.
  • If your ball appears headed toward another player or another group, give them a warning by yelling out, "Fore!"
  • Never throw clubs in anger. In addition to being rude and childish, it could also be dangerous.
golf scoring
Golf Scoring
  • Start with par, because all golf scoring terms are defined in relation to par. "Par" refers to the number of strokes an expert golfer is expected to need to complete the play of one hole on the course.
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Golf Scoring
  • Assume that you are playing on a hole that has a par of 5.
  • Eagle: On a par-5, means you finished the

hole in 3 strokes

  • Birdie: You finished the hole in 4 strokes
  • Par: You finished the hole in 5 strokes
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Golf Scoring
  • Bogey: You finished the hole in 6 strokes
  • Double bogey: You finished the hole in 7 strokes
  • Triple bogey: You finished the hole in 8 strokes