A Guide to Golf
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Golf originated in the 15th century in Scotland although the exact origins are still unclear and heavily debated to this day. There are some historians who believed golf can be traced as far back as the roman times, the game was known then as “paganica”. The sport can even be said by some to have originated in China between the eighth and 14th centuries. So regardless of its origins the game has evolved in to what we now all know as Golf. It’s a precision sport involving a club and a small ball. The objective is to hit the ball into a series of holes on a course using the fewest shots possible. The course consists of 18 holes and the player must start by teeing off at the start of each hole, the player proceeds to hit the ball over what is called the fairway and then onto the green where the ball is putted with a specialised putting club into the hole . It is one of the few games in which the playing area is open and not standardized. It proves a challenge for the players as each course is unique and designed with hills, bunkers , waterways to make it a test of their ability. The winner on the day is the player who can finish the course with least amount of shots made over the whole course.
The popularity of golf is constantly on the rise the most notable example is China with the first course been opened in 1984 and by the end of 2009 there were roughly 600 in the country. The developement of new golf courses has been officially banned in China but with developers finding ways to evade the ban the numbers of courses are still on the rise. Today see’s the rise of professional players and touring “pros”. Touring professionals typically start as amateur players who attain their pro status after success in major tournaments that win them either prize money or notice from corporate sponsors. The most widely known tour is the PGA tour which tends to attract the strongest players as the first prize is at least 800,000 USD. Another popular tour is the European Tour which attracts a substantial number of players from outside North America and ranks second to the PGA Tour in prestige. We’ve got stars like Tiger Woods who tops the PGA earnings title to this day. Other top mens Tours include the Japan Golf Tour, the Asian Tour , the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Sunshine Tour.
The major Championships are the four most prestigious men’s tournaments of the year, The Masters, The U.S Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. These tournaments include the top rated players from all over the world, The Masters is still tradionally played at Augusta National Golf Club , Augusta, Georgia since its inception in 1934.
Womans golf is getting a growing following, whilst it does not have a agreed set of majors, there are still majors recognised by the the dominant women’s tour, the LPGA Tour in the U.S , the U.S Womens Open, Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.
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