Golf is a popular outdoor game that is played on a large and wide course. The golf course feature hole, from nine to eighteen and it is played with a club and ball. The golf player, also known as golfer tries to hit the ball into the holes. This game, which has to be played with a lot of precision, requires the golfer to reach the balls into the holes with the minimum number of strokes possible. With each strokes carrying scores, the golfer with the lowest score is declared the winner.
Golf as a sport developed centuries ago. It is believed that the Roman game of paganica is an ancient form of golf. The game of ‘chuiwan’ that was popular in China during from eighth to fourteenth century is also considered as a prototype of modern day golf. Some scholars also point out Persia and Netherlands as the place where golf took its origin. Despite the various contentions regarding its origin, historians agree on the fact that it was in the Middle Ages that golf became popularized throughout Europe. Golf as we see it today was first played in Scotland in the fifteenth century.
The golf course does not require being in a standard dimension. It can be built in any manner and is therefore unique in the world of sports. Golf is played with certain Rules. The Rules are laid out by international golf associations. The most cardinal principle to be followed in golf is fairness, as per the Rules. In addition to these well-defined Rules, there is also golf etiquette which the golfers follow even though it comes without any penalty.
The popularity of golf lies most with the English speaking parts of the globe. Going by the number of golf courses, Scotland stands high. Golf for many is not a pass-time; it is their life itself. There are professional golfers who dedicate entirely to the various golf championships in the world. Some might take part only in provincial golf competitions. During other times, they work as golf instructors. There is another group in the field of golf who work as caddies.
Caddies engage themselves by giving advice to the players in the golf course. A caddie must be working with only one player and not with competing players at a time. What might begin as a normal curiosity in the game might later lead to full time engagement with the game and the golf clubs.
There are around twenty various golf tournaments conducted all over the world. There are separate tournaments for men and women. The most popular one is the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour which usually features the legendary and the most talented golfers in the world.