While Scotland is acknowledged as the home of golf, its development in ancient history is obscure.
While Scotland is acknowledged as the home of golf, its development in ancient history is obscure. It is known that parliamentary decrees in the 15th century attempted to stop the game because it interfered with archery practice.
But golf later gained a firm foothold in eastern Scotland, and in particular at the Society of Saint Andrews - now known as the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews - formed in 1754.
St Andrews today is world renowned and, by common consent, the governing body for golf rules in the British Commonwealth.
A flat, sandy course by the North Sea, St Andrews is now under close scrutiny by Japanese golfers who are building a replica in a hilly region of Tochigi Prefecture with help from American champion, Jack Nicklaus.