The game of Golf originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland, in which the players using bent sticks would hit a pebble over sand dunes and around tracks.

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The word golf first appeared in written form during 1457 on a Scottish statute for forbidden games as gouf. The word gouf was possibly derived from the Scottish word goulf which was spelled in various ways meaning ‘to strike or cuff.’ The word Golf also has strong linkage to the word of Dutch language – ‘kolf’ or ‘kolve’ – which basically means ‘club.’ Supposedly, during 14th / 15th century, the Scottish dialect of the Dutch term became ‘goff’ or ‘gouff,’ and later in the 16th century became ‘golf.’

1457 Statute golf
1457 It is ordained and decreed that football and golf be utterly condemned and not practiced Courtesy: – Allsportspk

Thus the word ‘golf’ is not an acronym and it is a misconception and more of a joke that the word GOLF means – Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. At least till when the Allsportspk Word Tracker has been able to track.


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