The Origin Of Golf Terminology Essay

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Origins of Golf Terminology
While it is humorous, it is not true that the word Golf is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. The word “golf” actually comes from the past term for ‘club’. The earliest known mention of the word golf was in 1457 when King JamesⅡtried to ban “ye golf” in order to have more focused on Archery practice (Bogey para 5-9). However, the term golf, defind as we know it, was originated in Scotland. The term was used for the game Scottish shepherds used for knocking stones into rabbit holes with sticks in an area now known as St. Andrews Golf club (Golf para 22). Golf has since developed into a complex game of trying to hit a tiny ball into a tiny hole with as few strokes as possible. This game has become one of the most popular outdoor sports in the world (Parascenzo para 9). As with all sports, golf has terminology specific to it, and each golf term has a history behind its definition while some have even evolved over time.
Par is one of the most used terms in golf. The meaning of Par, as a golf term, is the score a player is expected to obtain on a hole. This term emerged from the stock exchange word for normal. In the year 1911, the United States Golf Association (USGA) made holes with certain yardages ‘pars’. The USGA made holes up to 225 yards, par threes, meaning the player has to make the ball in the hole with three stocks. They made holes 225 to 425 yards par fours and 426 to 600 yards par fives. The Ladies Golf Association put into…

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