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Golf is one of the world's most popular sports and is played and enjoyed all over the planet. The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland but there are disputed theories as to the playing of an ancient form of the game ranging from the Romans through to the Chinese, but Scotland takes the honour as the real originator of the laws and rules of the modern game. The first written records ironically are by King James II in 1457 banning the game! He reckoned it was a big distraction to people learning the art of archery, which was very much needed at that time.  In 1502 King James IV took up golf himself and repealed the ban, which led to a massive popularity in the game. The oldest course in the world is at St Andrews in Scotland where golf has been played on the Old Course since at least 1574. Even today players can still have great golf experience days at St Andrews. The official oldest playing course in the world is recognised as Musselburgh Links in East Lothian, Scotland and has records of golf being played as far back as 1672. These "links" courses were played on soil covered sand dunes, which lay directly inland from local beaches. The oldest written record of the rules of the game date back to 1744 and the oldest golf tournament in the world is "The Open Championship" and was first contested at Prestwick Golf Course in Scotland in 1860. There are many great courses where golf experience days in Scotland can be enjoyed. The "Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews" was formed in 1754 and set the rules of the game. In 2004 the new "R&A" became the main ruling authority of golf around the world. The exceptions being Mexico and the USA, which were already under the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association (USGA). The R&A and USGA co-operate together with the worldwide rules of golf.

For amateurs playing the game there is a "handicap" system in operation, which is a numerical value of the player's ability over an 18-hole golf course. Basically it is the amount of strokes over par the player is capable of. For example if the par for the 18 holes is 70 and the player normally scores 90 then he is 20 over par and has a handicap of 20. Someone who can do it in 70 will have a handicap of 0 and plays off "scratch". With practise a player can usually improve and therefore reduce his handicap.

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