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Introduction: About Golf Histories

You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.
Abraham Lincoln, 1809 - 1865
Part I: Was Scotland the Birthplace of Golf?

Item. It is ordanyt and decreyt... (th)at ye fut bawe and ye golf be Utterly.... cryt done and not usyt ...
Part II: France - the Birthplace of Noble Ball Games

In Part I, we saw that the famous 1457 edict by King James II, had nothing to do with golf but was, instead....
Part III: Jeu de Mail - the Genesis of Golf

'At another time playing at goff, a play not unlike to pale maille, whilst his schoolmaster stood talking with another, and marked not his highness warning him to stand farther off, the prince...'
Part IV: Golf 1480-1625 - The Finishing Schools

About 1470, visual evidence of the early golf-like sport, pallemail, ceases. However, in a most satisfying, amoeba-like fission, two ball games emerged to fill its shoes.
Part V: Early Golf in Scotland - The Dutch Connection

Early Scottish golf history is virtually non-existent a historical haggis made up of scraps from letters, laws, accounts and diaries that leaves the reader to interpret whether it really was golf...
Part VI: Scotland - End of the Odyssey

In the preceding chapter, based on the analysis of an extraordinary poem about golf on ice (IJskolf), we were able to show that, by 1625, an early variant of Scottish golf was alive and well in the Netherlands.
Golf - The True History, by Michael Flannery

'Golf - The True History', commissioned by Golf International, has been written by the distinguished sport historian, Michael Flannery, author of 'Golf Through The Ages • 600 Years of Golfing Art'.

For the first time ever, a leading international publication has published an unbiased history of where golf began, how it evolved, and the role that Scotland played in giving the Royal & Ancient game its finishing touches before exporting it to the world.

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine

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