Golf SVG is a sports game in which individual participants or teams compete by driving a small ball into special holes with club kicks, trying to cover a distance for a minimum number of kicks.
Golf SVG History
It is believed that Golf SVG was invented in Scotland by shepherds who used staffs (future clubs) to drive stones into rabbit holes. Presumably the game existed already in the XIV century, and in the XV century in Scotland, there were several laws prohibiting to play “gouffe”. In the 17th century, the Netherlands already played ball with clubs. The game in its modern form was formed in the XIX century in Scotland.
While modern Golf SVG was born in Scotland in the 15th century, the oldest forms of golf remain unclear and contentious. Some historians associate golf with a game that existed in the Roman Empire: paganica, in which participants used a bent stick to hit a feathered ball. According to one of the theories, the scarecrow spread throughout Europe as the territorial possessions of the empire grew during the 1st century A.D. and gradually evolved into the game we know now. Another point of view is that the ancestor of golf could be the Chinese game Chuivan (whale 捶丸 – pushing the ball), common in the period of 8-14 centuries. A Ming scroll dating back to 1368, called the Autumn Feast, depicts members of the Chinese imperial court waving something like golf clubs in an attempt to drive a small ball into holes. Presumably, Chuivan became known in Europe in the Middle Ages. Another early game that resembles modern golf is the Campbell game. This game was brought to the Lower Territories, Germany and England.
However, modern golf comes from Scotland, and the first mention of the game is the decree of King James II of Scotland to ban golf (1457), as it distracted archers from learning. For many golfers, the Old Course at St Andrews in St. Andrew’s remains a pilgrimage site, which is a Links-type golf course (the oldest type of course). The history of Old Course dates back to 1574. The golf course at Musselburgh Links (East Lotian, Scotland) was documented on March 2, 1672. This site is considered to be historically the first in the world, as noted in the Guinness Book of Records.
The earliest version of the Rules of golf was created in March 1744 for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers, which played at Leith Links (now The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, whose residence is the Muirfield site in Gullane, East Lotian, Scotland). The first golf tournament, The Open Championship, was held on 17 October 1860 at the Prestwick Golf Club, South Ershire, Scotland.