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Contents / In praise of the green Golf

Golf is like love. Not savored unless taken seriously, heart-breaking if you take a defeat too much to heart.

A vast tract of well-manicured grass as far as the eye can see. In the player’s hand a club. All attention on the tiny little ball on the ground. The epitome of concentration. Then the club traces a wide arc through the air and connects with the ball on the ground. And, following a violent collision, the ball rolls into a hole meters away. That’s golf for you.

Golf spread throughout the world five centuries ago after originating among the English aristocracy. Legend has it that when Scottish sailors went ashore they picked up sticks which they struck against the stones as they walked. This caught the attention of the English, and in time this game of ‘sticks and stones’ moved onto the lawns of palace gardens.

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