The History of Golf

Based in New York, Susanne Lieu serves as managing director with Ruben Companies, a property management and real estate development company. Ms. Lieu possesses nearly two decades’ experience in the real estate business and has been with Ruben since 2001. In addition to career-related pursuits, Susanne Lieu enjoys several hobbies, including playing golf. The game of golf has long been a favorite pastime around the world, originating as early as 100 BC in a more primitive form with the Roman game Paganica. Golf’s development continued throughout the ages and spanned various periods and cultures.

Modern golf can be traced back to 15th-century Scotland, where the game gained so much popularity that the Scottish Parliament banned it because it was interfering with the practice of archery (a form of national defense). In 1500, the ban was lifted, and for decades after, royalty took up the game, including Mary Queen of Scotts and King James VI. Golf balls, also, underwent several transitions, from leather, to feather-filled; finally, in 1848, a ball was introduced that was filled with sap from the sapodilla tree.

In 1894, the United States Golf Association was formed, which in turn established the first major golf tournaments: the US Amateur Championship and the US Open. Then, in 1916, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) was formed in the United States, and the PGA Championship took place for the first time. Nearly 100 years later, golf is still as popular as it was in the 19th century, and golf clubs have transformed from being wooden to using more lightweight forms of metal in their construction. In 2016, plans are underway for the reintroduction of golf into the Olympics.


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