I’ve been the butt of more than a few jokes due to my love of golf. The masses seem to think golf is nothing more than a game in which men with silly hats walk around in the grass all day. The sport actually has quit the unique appeal. With an intriguing history and such vast difference from other sports, golf is anything but silly.
While the origins are debated, most believe that golf began in the middle ages and was invented by the Scottish. The first mention of golf in document form was recorded in 1457 when King James II prohibited the game as he saw it as a distraction from military archery practices. The game became known as an unprofitable sport and became so taboo that Queen Mary was accused of playing the game by her enemies. Theses claims may have been true as she was confirmed to have been playing sports that were believed unsuited for women at the time.
The 1850s saw a rise in tourism in Scotland. Railroads were expanded and transport to Scotland was easier than ever. The tourist picked up an interest in Scottish history and culture. This led to the game being picked up by tourists and taken back to their respective countries. The game spread over Europe quickly. Golf grew in America and became more common in the States. President Woodrow Wilson is believed to have played golf daily during his presidential reign.
Upon learning of the history of the sport, I began to develop curiosity toward it. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I tried my hand at golf for the first time. I’d played mini-golf but had never even considered playing the game on a larger scale. Upon walking out onto the course, I began to see why the game is so loved. I began to understand why the game appealed to so many.
The environment is unique. Unlike any other sport, golf is played on well-kept grass with lovely ponds and trees along the course. The scenery alone is enough to become a fan of the game. These courses are so well-kept that no a single weed can be spotted nor a misplaced tree branch. This environment is relaxing and intoxicating. The courses alone could cure a bad case of stress.
The well dressed golfers who enjoy their game before heading back to their country club for drinks or leisure could make most people jealous. With such a stress-free and elegant pass-time, how could we not envy the golfers? It isn’t until you experience it for yourself that you realize just how enthralling the experience truly is.
While every individual could boast a different reason for enjoying the game, its appeal seems to come from the environment of the sport. The history of the game is nothing short of intriguing. This sport may seem to be nothing more than the joke of an Adam Sandler film but is much more. Golf is not a sport for men and women. This game is meant for ladies and gentlemen.