History Of Golf

Golf History - The First Rules of Golf

The First Rules of Golf
In 1744 a group of golfers persuaded the city fathers of Edinburgh to provide a silver trophy to the winner of a tournament.

The The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers founded the first true golf club and wrote down the original 13 rules.

The first tournament had only five long holes, but the final standard for holes and rules would later be set at 18 - the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
The First Rules of Golf
  • You must tee your ball, within a club's length of the hole
  • Your tee must be upon the ground
  • You are not to change the ball which you strike off the tee
  • You are not to remove, stones, bones or any break club for the sake of playing your ball, except upon the fair green/& that only/within a club's length of your ball
  • If your ball comes upon water, or any watery filth, you are at liberty to take out your ball, and bringing it behind the hazard and teeing it, you may play it with any club and allow your adversary a stroke for so getting out your ball
  • If your balls be found anywhere touching one another, you are to lift the first ball, till you play the last
  • At holing, you are to play your ball honestly for the hole, and, not to play upon your adversary's ball, not lying in your way to the hole
  • If you should lose your ball, by its being taken up, or any other way, you are to go back to the spot, where you struck last & drop another ball, and allow your adversary a stroke for the misfortune
  • No man at holing his ball, is to be allowed, to mark his way to the hole with his club, or with anything else
  • If a ball be stopped by any person, horse, dog, or anything else, the ball so stopped must be played where it lies
  • If you draw your club, in order to strike and proceed so far in the stroke, as to be bringing down your club; if then, your club shall break, in, any way, it is to be accounted a stroke
  • He, whose ball lies farthest from the hole is obliged to play first
  • Neither trench, ditch, or dyke, made for the preservation of the Links, nor the Scholar' Holes or the Soldiers Lines, shall be accounted a hazard. But the ball is to be taken out/teed/ and played with any iron club.


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