The trials & tribulations of the worlds most frustated golfer.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

PS: Sorry Scotland but the Romans invented golf too!

Golf invented in scotland ? Methinks not, wee jock! The Romans, who were known for roving around the known world and suppesing the local populace, then eventually seducing them to their way of life. After all, everybody wanted to be a Roman. (bit like the USA today actually)
Anywhoo one of the countries these soldier boys conquered was Holland. Way back in dutch medieval times they used to play a sport named kolf, meaning, club. Which was strikingly similar to the roman game of Pagnacia. Which consisted of putting some sticks in the ground and belting a hardened leather ball at them with some tree branches. Escept that the Dutch game was played on a paved courtyard, where the balls were whacked at the sticks with as few strokes as possible. (sounds familiar?) When the winter came, those sport loving dutchmen played the game on ice with their ice skates. (the probable origin of ice hockey too)

Now there was mucho trade between Scotland and Holland, even way back when. Especially when the scots were at war with the english (quite often) The Scots took the solid leather ball and improved it with one made of goose feathers stuffed, and i mean stuffed into a leather case. Ball makers often suffered broken ribs from the exertion of stuffing a bucketfull of goose feathers into a leather stitched case. Along with many other improvements to the club head, they are responsible for the modern game as we know it today. The hollow steel shaft and the haskel ball (the modern ball), however came from USA, much later on. Damn clever those romans. in fact the caesarian section and the atrerial clamp were just two of the "modern" things the Romans actually did invent themselves. Although the Romans, were not adverse to nicking a good idea when they saw one. The fact is though the game was, as far as we know invented by the Romans and improved upon by the dutch.

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