All About Golf

If you enjoy a round of golf, you aren't alone. It's one of the world's most popular sports, played by millions of people of all ages around the world.

What Is Golf?

Although its exact origins are uncertain, golf was devised in the sand dunes of coastal Scotland. A simple stick and ball game from the Middle Ages evolved over the centuries to the game we know today. Various golfing bodies have regulated the sport, although the basic concept has remained the same.

Where To Play Golf

Today you can literally play golf just about anywhere in the world, including Greenland, North Korea and Afghanistan. It's estimated that around 85 percent of countries are home to at least one course. shipping golf clubs has become big business, as amateur and professional golfers strive to play on as many courses as possible, or take part in more tournaments.

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However, for any serious golfer there is one course that has to be played. A round of golf at St. Andrews in Scotland is on the 'bucket list' of many golfers, regardless of ability. The course dates from the 16th century and is considered the home of the sport. This ability to play golf on the world's greatest courses is one of its appeals; there aren't many other sports in which you can literally follow in the footsteps of the game's greats.

When to Play Golf

Because it's an outdoor sport, golf is most popular during the spring and autumn. However it is possible to play golf year round, and golfing breaks and holidays to warmer destinations such as Spain and Portugal have long been popular. Shipping golf clubs to your destination is easy and safe. If you're really addicted to the sport, you can play a round in rain, snow or fog and millions of casual golfers do. In the UK, golfing at the weekend is the norm; many amateur golfers also like to play early evening during summer. The temperature isn't as hot, the course isn't as crowded and green fees are often lower.

Who Plays Golf

Golf is popular all over the world; the countries with the most courses per resident include the US, Scotland, New Zealand and China. Golf can be enjoyed at just about any age and it isn't uncommon to see young children on the driving range. It's also a common diversion for retired people, and it's easy to enjoy the game well into your 70s and even your 80s. Many amateur golfers also like the fact that golf can be played with friends, or enjoyed as a solitary activity. At one time golf was exclusively played by men; today the sport is just as popular with women, at the professional and amateur level. Although golf can be expensive to play, with a state of the art set of clubs costing thousands of pounds, it doesn't have to be. Affordable public courses have meant that anyone can afford to play a round, regardless of income or social status.