So, what exactly does Golf stand for? A common misconception is that the word GOLF is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. This is a 20th-century joke and definitely not true.
Well, is golf an acronym?
The word ‘golf’ is not an acronym for really anything. Rather, it derives linguistically from the Dutch word ‘kolf’ or ‘kolve,’ meaning quite simply ‘club. It is therefore now generally accepted that the ‘golf’ is derived from an old word meaning ‘club’, though this, in turn, may have older cognate roots dating back to ancient times. The origins of golf are unclear and much debated. However, it is generally accepted that golf was developed in Scotland from the Middle Ages onwards.
However, the modern game of golf as most of us know, was originated in 15th century Scotland. The 18-hole round was created at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1764. Golf’s first major, and the world’s oldest tournament in existence, is The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, which was first played in 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland. The Old Course at St Andrews Links in Fife, Scotland, UK, is the oldest golf course in the world. Archbishop Hamilton’s Charter in 1552 is the earliest documentary evidence that allowed the people of St Andrews to play golf on the Links.
The history of golf is preserved and represented at several golf museums around the world, notably the British Golf Museum in the town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, which is the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, and the United States Golf Association Museum, located alongside the United States Golf Association headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey. Other acronyms sometimes used are Game Of Life First, Go Out Laugh Frequently or Go Out Live Fun. At the end of the day golf for many is an addiction.
Maybe you have your own meaning of golf?