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GOLF IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY AT BLACKHEATH AND NOWADAYS AT ST. ANDREWS

GOLF IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY AT BLACKHEATH AND NOWADAYS AT ST. ANDREWS

When James VI of Scotland arrived in London to reign as James I of England he brought his own courtiers and they brought their own game - golf. For close on three hundred years it was played on Blackheath before it began to be popular elsewhere in England. The old clubs are obviously a modification of the common ancestor of club and bat. The golfing headquarters of Scotland - one might say of the world - are at St. Andrews, where the club dates from 1754. We are looking at the Burn Hole or first green.

Other pictures from Sports and Pastimes Through the Ages


STOOL-BALL REVIVED IN SUSSEX AND BROADSWORD AND RAPIER PLAY AT THE PORTSMOUTH TATTOO

FOOTBALL AFTER THE ORIGINAL STYLE 'PLAYED' AT ASHBOURNE ON SHROVE TUESDAY

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