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Golf School History Before Arizona Golf Schools

Sep 11, 2008
Before there were Arizona golf schools, there had been golf lessons going on for hundreds of years overseas. Initially, the modern game of golf involved teams of players that would take turns hitting the ball back and forth across a golf field. It seemed more like soccer with a miniature ball and sticks. Prior to this, it is unclear where exactly the game of golf emerged from. Theories of who the first golfers were include the ancient Romans, the Celts, or the Huns.

During medieval times, golfers began playing by the principle of the uninterrupted second shot. With this adaptation, and the idea of each team now playing its own ball, this game became (somewhat) golf as we know it and quickly gained immense popularity, replacing the former most popular sport of archery. During this time that tensions between Scotland and England were running extremely high, archery had been so vital to Scotlands national defense that eventually, it was made that playing golf in Scotland was a criminal offense punishable by hanging! History has it that at least one golfer for sure lost his life this way, but eventually peace with England returned and golf was not outlawed any further.

A predecessor to todays golf schools like Arizona golf schools was formed in the late 19th century. In 1888 the first golf club in the United States was formed in Yonkers, New York. The club members came to be known as the Apple Tree Gang. Their first golf course was a 3 hole course that is said to have began and ended near a large apple tree. The first 18 hole golf course in the United States was the Chicago Golf Club in 1892. 30 Chicago businesses pitched in the funds needed to build the course, at $10 donated by each. A 9 hole course was built, the historic Downers Grove Golf Course, and the following year 9 more holes were added.

The United States Golf Association was created in the summer of 1894 because of a dispute between two golfing clubs. Both apparently hosted a golf tournament, without any knowledge of the other club, and each club declared the winner of their tournament to be the National Amateur Champion. It was suggested that the real champion be decided in an official golf tournament. An official golf organization group would be in charge of the event.

A huge meeting between the St. Andrews Golf Club, Newport, the Chicago Golf Club, and two other clubs took place, creating the Amateur Golf Association of the United States, later known as the USGA. From this point on, golf slowly rose to become the main prestigious recreational game in the country. Thus began the need for golf instructors, teachers, schools, and golf resorts across the country. From Florida to Minnesota to California to Arizona golf schools have become a league of their own in passing on the traits that make golf the incredible sport that it is.
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