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WHO INVENTED THE GAME?

Lots of people take credit for it, but it wasn't the Scots as some people believe.

The Romans played a game called Paganica which involved hitting a ball with a stick towards a target. The French had Pallemaille, and the place you could play it in London became known as Pall Mall. The Chinese had a game and the Dutch played 'Colf'.

Mary Queen of Scots was a big golfer, and so the game became established in Scotland where the rules were formed the rules in the 1700s.

Answers from Golf Weekly's editor, Simon Caney


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