The Origins of Golf

Without a doubt, golf, or a pastime similar to the sport we know today, has been practiced for centuries. But the when and how this game of stick and ball began to be a reason for overcoming and disappointment for the human being is still a motive for speculation.

Some trace the origins of golf to the game of “Paganic”, in times of the Roman Empire, while others consider it as an evolution of the French “jeu de mail” or of the Dutch “kolven”. Apart from the fact that all this may be true, the true pioneers of golf were, without a doubt, the Scots. They developed golf in its coastal links and took it with them all over the world.

the origins of golf

Great fans of this game, they transmitted it to other countries, but, what is almost more important, they developed the first instruments for golf, besides fields, to play it. They also established the standards and the basic rules, which for the most part, prevail today. Like many other forms of human activity, golf has no recorded origins. In the absence of tangible evidence, all descriptions of this game in its origins often depend on the imagination of the writer.

If we accept that, as Voltaire said, the stories of antiquity are only fables universally accepted, then we have numerous mythological references that can serve as a starting point to start a description of the game. The dangerous thing about fables is that they tend to get confused too often with reality. To put it bluntly, there are no documented indications of the game of golf, as we know it today, before the mid-15th century, and there is not enough evidence to refute the most obvious and best-dug proof that the game started on the east coast. from Scotland.

However, the search for clues prior to its current form of this game has put to the test the minds of many eminent men over many decades.


Research on the origins of golf has focused mainly on establishing the relationship between golf and other similar pastimes in Europe, and on demonstrating the theory that some of these were its precursor.

Throughout history, there have been so many types of “stick and ball” game that speculation in this field has no end. Although the lack of proven facts hinders the attempts to reach a substantial conclusion, it is fascinating and, at the same time, revealing to compare other “stick and ball” games with golf, consider their common aspects and study their possible influence on the development of this one.


Some historians have gone back to the days of ancient Rome, establishing a link between golf and paganic, a very popular game among rural people in the early years of the Roman Empire. Little is known about the rules of this game, but the legend says that the Paganic was played with a bent stick and a ball made of leather stuffed with feathers.

There is an interesting connection here, and that is that the primitive golf balls were also made of feathers wrapped in leather, although it is believed that the ball of the paganic had a diameter between 10 and 18 cm, so its resemblance to golf does not result so close

What is European Golf Tour?

The European Golf Tour, also known as the European golf circuit, is an important circuit of professional male golf tournaments that is played in Europe, although for several years it has spread to several countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa as they are China, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, South Africa or Morocco, among others.

The European Golf Tour belongs to an organization called PGA European Tour, whose headquarters are located in the Wentworth Golf Club, in Surrey, United Kingdom. It was officially born in 1971, when John Jacobs, a well-known English golf player and professor, was named general director of PGA tournaments.

The PGA European Tour organizes in parallel the European Senior Tour, for professional players with senior category and the Challenge Tour, which serves as training and launch for golf professionals who want to access the European Tour, where the amounts in prizes are considerably higher. The European Golf Tour is also an organizing part of the Ryder Cup, the biennial competition between Europe and the United States.


This golf circuit transmits its tournaments live to millions of people in more than 150 countries and has brands that sponsor events such as Rolex, BMW, Titleist or the Hilton hotel chain.

In the current year 2019, there will be a total of 47 tournaments in 29 countries. Belonging to this circuit will be held on June 27 to 30, 2019, the Andalusian Masters, at Real Club Valderrama, located in Cádiz. Also, from October 3 to 6, the Open of Spain will be held, possibly in the same venue as the year 2018, the National Golf Center, in Madrid.

The amount of money in prizes in the European Golf Tour tournaments varies greatly depending on the companies sponsoring the tournaments and other factors. In this year 2019, the amounts in prizes go from 1 million € of the Masters of the Czech Republic to 8,000,000 $ of the DP World Tour Championship Dubai, which is celebrated in the United Arab Emirates.



What is European Golf Tour


There is a ranking of players that takes as a reference to the prizes that are won by players as they play tournaments throughout the year. This ranking began calling itself in the beginning “Order of Merit”, although at present it is called “Race to Dubai”.

To access the European Tour there is a Qualifying School (classification school) which is held in phases in the months of September, October and November of each year in various fields in Europe. Grants the first 25 players classified in the final ranking (more tied) the member card of the European Tour to be able to play the following year.

Once a professional golf player gets the European Tour player card, he has to win prize money in the tournaments during that year in order to keep the Tour player card and opt to play the following year.

A professional player can also obtain the European Tour player card if he is classified among a certain number of positions in the final ranking of the Challenge Tour circuit. Depending on the position obtained, you can access to play a specific number of tournaments on the European Tour.

There are 14 different categories of a player card of the European Golf Tour, which determine which tournaments a player can play. The inclusion of a player in one category or another depends on the merits or results obtained in the past tournaments. This includes the tournaments considered “majors” (big), the world ranking of golf, other important tournaments, classifications in other circuits, Challenge Tour, Qualifying School, etc.



The European Tour has a web space in which it provides information about the calendar of competitions, tokens of all European Tour players, the ranking of winnings (Race to Dubai), news, summary videos, etc.

There is the possibility of following in real time the classification board of a tournament as it is played since it is updated in short periods of time.

Indicates the total number of strokes, what hole they are playing, what result they have that day, their results in previous rounds, etc.

In the tab of each player, there is a section called “stats” (statistics) where we can see the statistics of the game of each player, such as:

Stroke Average: Average number of strokes per round.

Fairways per round: Streets reached by turn.

Greens per round: Greens reached per round.

Putts per GIR: Putts per green.

Putts per round: Putts per round.

Sand saves: Sacks of bunker saved.