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With roots reaching back to the 13th century, the game of golf is now one of the world's most
substantial sports. With its fan network in constant growth, golf and its elite players are greeted by adoring
enthusiasts seeking autographs after every match.
First mentioned in Dutch documents dating to 1297, golf as it is known today was fully developed by
the Scottish in the 15th century. Though the sport's evolution in Scotland was a rocky one as Scottish King
James IV outlawed the game for a brief period, its popularity increased on a steady ascent. It was the 19th
century when golf's international popularity exploded: by the 1880s, golfing clubs dotted the globe.
Today, the history of golf is wrapped up in a complementary celebration of its modern talents. From
early 20th-century standout Bobby Jones to Tiger Woods, golf's masters inspire and encourage future
generations. Their autographs only add to this lore.
The name "golf" is most likely derived from the Dutch word "kolf," which means club
The longest recorded golf ball drive is credited to professional golfer Michael Hoke Austin, whose golf
ball stretched 515 yards in one stroke in 1974
The majority of golf balls were crafted from wood between the 14th to 16th centuries. However, some
balls known as featheries were made from feathers packed into leather pouches