In Summary
  • Rules of Golf were born in St Andrews, Scotland.
  • Two hundred years after the birth of Rules of Golf in St Andrews, this week the Royal and Ancient are hosting teachers of the Rules from all corners of the world.

I’m writing this article sitting in a warm room in a guest house in St Andrews Scotland, just a short distance (a regular par 4) from the Old Course.

I’m in the heart of the Mecca for golf. I would love to play a round of golf but the temperature outside is colder than an auctioneer’s heart on foreclosure at an orphan’s home.

I would rather stay indoors.

It is not known where golf was invented.

The Dutch, Egyptians and Japanese are in a hotly contested paternity suit of who fathered golf.

Many other cultures like the Greek, Egyptians and even the Chinese are ready to carry out DNA tests to prove the connection between modern-day golf and the ancient game of sticks and stones found in the engravings in the tombs of their ancestors.

There is, however, no contest about who bore the Rules of Golf.

They were born in St Andrews, Scotland. These were born as the fellows from this corner of the world got bored of playing under different rules on different courses and realised that it would definitely be more pleasurable to play under similar standards on all the golf courses.

As their ability to think outstripped the mundane necessity of survival, they began think of how to make the game of golf more pleasurable.

Two hundred years after the birth of Rules of Golf in St Andrews, this week the Royal and Ancient are hosting teachers of the Rules from all corners of the world.

The issue of slow play, a problem which I thought was only peculiar to Kenya, is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomenon and it has the people at St Andrews worried.

The fact that slow play is beginning to impact the enjoyment of the game and is keeping some of the busy golfers away from the golf course has not escaped their notice.

It is time that we started emphasising to all golfers the importance of being our brother’s keeper; everybody will enjoy the game even better if we are all conscious that we have to play promptly.

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