You’ll find plenty of golf coverage through services like www.satellitetv.net, but what you won’t find too much of is an actual look at the origins of this fantastic sport. The fact is that no one seems to really be able to agree on the history of this sport – where it came from, who invented it, etc.
It is believed that the earliest form of golf or a golf-like game happened in the Netherlands in the late 13th century. In a city called Loenen aan de Vecht, it was documented that the Dutch played a game involving a leather ball and a long stick. The goal was to hit the ball into a target several yards away with the fewest number of strokes.
Of course, scholars argue that it was, in fact, the Scottish who invented the game. And while there is certainly evidence to suggest that the game of golf existed in early Scotland, it was still predated by the Dutch.
Scholars also argue over the definition of early golf and whether or not it was actually what we consider to be golf or some form of primitive field hockey. Whatever the case, one thing scholars can agree on is that golf’s origins, while uncertain, are indeed ancient.