Golf lovers enjoy relieving stress by playing a round or two at their local course every now and again, but how much do you really know about the history of the game? While many people point to Scotland as the birthplace of golf, it was brought over to the British Isles by the Romans, and it also has history in France and Belgium. In fact, did you know that golf was banned in Scotland by King James II in 1457 because he believed it was distracting his archers from practice?
A couple of hundred years later the first-known rules of the sport were written down in Edinburgh, paving the way for the sport we know and love today. During the 1600s a golf ball was made of feather and leather, and would cost today’s golfer about $14 per ball. As equipment became cheaper to produce, more and more people around the world were able to join in. St. Andrews Golf Club formed in America in November 1888, thereby becoming the first beacon of golf on the continent. From there, Americans added a number of nuances to the game, including mulligans, golf carts, driving ranges, and more.