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Jan 19, 2006 02:41 PM
by Iain

Dear all,Origins of golf, remember it is flog spelled backwards, and Ladies even in medieval days played the game Mary Queen of Scots was a regular player and many othe ladies did likewise.But to others such as MARK TWAIN desribed the good game as "A good walk spoiled!"
cheers from the ancestrial home of Golf and surround by the great courses of St Andrew, Carnoustie and Gleneagles
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Golf History FAQ: Where Did the Word "Golf" Come From?
From Brent Kelley,
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Does it Stand for "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden"?
Did the word "golf" originate as an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies
forbidden"? That's a common old wives' tale. Or, in this case, more likely an
old husband's tale.
No, "golf" is not an acronym for "gentlemen only, ladies forbidden." If
you've ever heard that, forget it immediately. Better yet, find the person who
told you and let them know it's not true.
Like most modern words, the word "golf" derives from older languages and
dialects. In this case, the languages in question are medieval Dutch and old
The medieval Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve" meant "club." It is believed that
word passed to the Scots, whose old Scots dialect transformed the word into
"golve," "gowl" or "gouf."
By the 16th Century, the word "golf" had emerged.
Sources: British Golf Museum, USGA Library Back to Golf History FAQ

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