Not so long ago, it was associated with scenes from movies that were produced in the United States. Although the game of golf is considered elitist, its popularity in Poland is growing. What is this sport all about? Where did it come from? Here’s a brief guide to its history and rules
Unfortunately, but the details of the origins of the game of golf disappear somewhere in the darkness of history. It probably originated in Scotland, but similar games were also played in the Netherlands as early as the 13th century. They were played with a leather ball and a wooden stick. The Scots certainly laid the foundations for the formation of the rules of golf, which have changed little to this day. Scottish and English rulers were said to have played the game as early as the 16th century. (including Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots)
Although golf is considered a pastime for those in the upper echelons of power and business, in many countries it is available to anyone with a genuine interest in the sport. Its main feature is its intergenerational nature: both teenagers and old people can play. This makes golf very popular in the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Sweden or Iceland
What about Poland? Golf in Poland emerged in the early 1990s. In 1993, the Polish Golf Union was established. According to data as of the end of 2019, there were 5,600 players gathered in 72 golf clubs in Poland. At the same time, the number of golf courses is increasing – it is estimated that at the end of 2021 there may already be up to 100 locations where it is possible to play golf. Among them there are already 19 courses with 18 holes. Who plays golf in Poland? Among the players and supporters of this sport there are many well-known figures. These include former Liverpool and Real Madrid footballer Jerzy Dudek, hockey player Mariusz Czerkawski, actor Cezary Pazura and satirist Tadeusz Drozda
Golf is a game of driving a very small ball with a club from the tee to a hole 100-500 meters away. Simple? In principle, yes, but the game still has some important rules.
A full-size golf course has 18 holes located on an area of 60 hectares. To keep the game simple, there are numerous obstacles: walls, hills, bushes and small bodies of water
The idea is to cover the distance between the tee and the last hole in as few moves as possible. Very important parameters are:
It turns out that in golf beginners receive a handicap. In their case, the game is played separately at each hole, where they receive one point for winning. However, practice is very important – especially when it comes to the technique of hitting the ball with the club
There are two types of games when it comes to the rules of the game:
Different game modes can also be distinguished:
The long tradition of the game of golf means that it has distinctive etiquette and customs. On the golf course it is obligatory to be polite to rivals, but also to dress neatly. Each player selects his own golf club.
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