Golf History(2)

hers-cream.com Throughout recorded history, every civilization has played a game with a stick and ball that resembles what today is known as golf. In the 3rd Century BC, the Romans played gpaganicahor gpangeah, a game with a bent stick, a feather-stuffed ball and a target.
In Britain, gcambucah, a game wherein a wooden ball was propelled at different targets was a favorite pastime. In Belgium, the locals played a game called gcholeh. This is, however, played by two teams that attempt to strike a wooden ball towards a goal across a field. This game spread to Northern France under the name gsouleh.
The French had gjeu de mailh which was played since the 16th Century. In its first forms, it was played over some distance, the target of which was to hit a faraway door or tree in fewer strikes than the opponent. The English adapted the game as gpalle-malleth (ball-mallet) which consisted of knocking a ball from one pre-determined starting point to another. It was played on city streets or on purpose-built courts. The Chinese, on the other hand, had gchui wanh (beating a ball) played with ten clubs adorned with jade and gold.
The origin of the name golf is believed to be the Dutch word gcolfh which means gclubh. The game of colf was traced back in 1297 in Northern Holland. gHet Kolvenh was another Dutch game similar to golf played on frozen lakes or rivers depicted on many 18th Century Dutch paintings.
One of the most popular theories about the origins of golf suggest that during the 15th Century, fishermen on the east coast of Scotland would use pieces of driftwood to shoot rocks across the rolling fields and sandy dunes that marked their path home. Golf, as it is known today, was formalized in Scotland, thus Scotlandfs solid claim as the home of golf.

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