By the beginning of the 17th century, golf had spread throughout all of Scotland and was enjoyed by not only the nobility but the common folk as well. During this same century, the game was properly organized with accepted rules for all players. In 1744, the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith, later renamed the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, was instituted. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews began in 1754.
Golf exploded on the international scene in the late 1800s following the invention of the gutta percha ball. Golf is now played and enjoyed around the world -- no business trip or vacation is complete without a visit to a nearby course.
Golf is a honorable game, with the overwhelming majority of players being honorable people. It is said that you can learn more about a person’s integrity and creditability in one game of golf than six months of getting acquainted.
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