This discovery by German scientist Heiner Gillmeister is sparking public discontent about golf in Scotland – the country is proud to be home to this game. However, the evidence that Gillmeister gave is quite valid: Golf was originally thought of by Dutch people!
Heiner Gillmeister – an English linguist and sports history professor at the University of Bonn (Germany) – analyzed the first texts on golf. Scotland claims that they are home to golf based on two documents: The first is the law of the Edingburg city parliament issued on March 6, 1945, which states: “Prohibit football and golf”; the second is a law in 1491, stating: “prohibiting football, golf and all sports does not bring national benefits”. That is, around the 15th century in Scotland there was a sport called golf, and this practice was banned because it did not provide specific benefits such as archery or fencing (these two can help the country family defense).
“It is worth noting that in both of the above documents, a light sport like golf is listed in the same category as football,” – Gillmeier said. refers to a sport that is different from today’s golf. And that’s probably hockey. ”
To prove this hypothesis, Gillmeier found a text from Earl Gilbert Hay, who in 1460 in a book about the Emperor Alexander described “golf staff” (golf clubs) and golf games at Scotland. But in this game, the ball is struck back and forth between two teams, similar to hockey, but not the same golf that we know today.
For these reasons, Gillmeier affirmed that golf could not have originated from Scotland. He said that “golf” in English originates from the “kolve” or “kolf” of Dutch – which is used to describe the goat’s stick in this country. In addition, the first “golf” sport was written by a Dutchman – Count Pieter van Afferden. In this book written in Latin, van Afferden won a chapter to describe the art of golfing meticulously. In it, it is clear that the player uses a stick like a goat’s cane to push the ball into a fixed hole.
Gillmeier said: “Van Afferden’s text shows that the golf game first appeared in the Netherlands, and then was introduced to Scotland and ostracized by the aristocrats. love this sport, and it has thrived making people think that Scotland is home to golf. “