Golf: A Good Walk Spoiled?

The summer months are prime golfing season.

The origins of this popular (and frequently frustrating) game are unclear, though some historians trace it back to an Ancient Roman game called paganica, in which players used a bent stick to hit a leather ball. A stained glass window dating back to 1340 in Gloucester Cathedral in England shows someone swinging something that looks like a golf club.

And a Ming dynasty scroll, also from the 14th century, depicts a member of the Chinese imperial court swinging a golf club-like implement at a small ball with the apparent aim of sinking it into a hole.

The modern version of the game, played over 18 holes and without interference from other players, was developed in Scotland. The word “golf” comes from the Scots “gouf,” and is considered to be a local equivalent to the Dutch “colf,” meaning stick or club. Golf was banned in 1457 by King James II of Scotland because he worried that it was distracting the citizenry from archery practice, which was considered more urgent for military purposes.

Though controversial for many years (Mary, Queen of Scots, was criticized for playing it), restrictions eventually eased and the game spread across the British Isles and around the world.

“Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course – the distance between your ears.” ~Bobby Jones

If you are in the Okanagan area check out: Twin Lakes Golf Course

Twin Lakes Golf Course is an 18-hole regulation length golf course located 20 minutes south of Penticton BC. The views and vistas are memorable and the course was deliberately designed to take advantage of the many natural surrounding mountains.

A relaxing 15 km drive from Penticton will have you in a setting you will find hard to leave. The course is still the best value in the South Okanagan and its membership are always friendly and willing to welcome new golfers

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