Thursday, November 5, 2009

Historical Timeline of Golf - 1 of 4 - 1354 to 1800

1354 - The first recorded reference to “chole”, the probable antecedent to golf.

1452 - King James II of Scotland bans the playing of the game, along with soccer, because it is keeping his subjects from archery practice.

1502 - With the signing of the Treaty of Glasgow between England and Scotland, the ban on golf is lifted.

1552 - First recorded evidence of golf at St. Andrews. Considered by most the “Cradle of Golf.”

1567 - Mary, Queen of Scots is the first known female golfer.

1659 - Golf is banned from the streets of Albany, N.Y. the first reference to golf in America.

1744 - The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is formed, playing at Leith Links. It is the first golf club.

1754 - The first codified Rules of Golf published by St. Andrews Golfers.

1759 - Earliest reference to stroke play at St. Andrews. Previously all play was match.

1768 - The Golf House at Leith is erected. It is the first golf clubhouse.

1786 - The South Carolina Golf Club is formed in Charleston, the first golf club outside of the United Kingdom.