A very simple sport, golf consists of "playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules." That’s the first rule in the Rules of Golf.
A Sport Codified a Long Time Ago
Golf is undoubtedly one of the oldest existing codified sports. Indeed, it was in the city of St. Andrews in Scotland that the first rules were established in 1754. But some research shows that a similar sport was practised beforehand under the name “colf” or “kolven” in the Netherlands, and arrived on the British Isles in the 15th century.
Development of Golf
The competition formats and rules date from the second half of the 18th century, and have hardly changed since. At the end of the 19th century, the first women’s tournaments were established. The first golf course was constructed in England in 1864.