Golfer in the Rough.
Scotland is considered the birthplace of Golf. Rabbit runs proved to be ideal fairways for early golfers.
Golf began as a haphazard sport of hitting a pebble or roundish object with a stick or club into the hole.
During the 15th Century the sport flourished to such a large extent that it endangered the public in the vicinity of the golfers. Three attempts by the Scottish parliament to suppress or ban golf failed.
The sport was open to all - no fees to pay, no starting times to book - just a simple game of golf followed by a visit to the local tavern where wagers were won.
Anyone could pit his skills against an opponent down at the links (sandy, hilly courses).
Traditionally, the Island Games golf competition is run over four days, using, on alternate days, two courses. Both men and women compete over 18 holes per day, 72 holes in all. There is both individual and team medals to be won, with the lowest aggregate scores deciding the winners.
Afandou Golf Course - Rhodes only course.
The last few years have seen a rapid growth for golf in the island as more people have joined the three clubs and competitions are held frequently.
Rhodes has both amateur and professional athletes who are members of the Greek National Team. Many National and International competitions are held in Rhodes with the participation of professional and amateur athletes rising every year.
The competition will be held at the Afandou Golf Course which organisers say is one of the five golf courses in Greece!
last updated: 13/10/2008 at 12:54