The traditional definition of Golf goes on like this – “Golf is an individual sport played by hitting a ball with a club from a fixed point into a hole. The objective of the game is to drive the ball into the hole with the minimum number of swings or strokes of the club”
Golf is rather a game of all- ages and is hugely popular due to this factor. Though played competitively, most of the times it remains as the game played for chilling out in the outdoors. Unlike many other sports, the Golf Course on which this game is played is not of a standard size and measurement. It varies in many aspects such as length and structure depending upon the landscape and region.
This feature makes the game even more interesting and inspires one to give it a try in different courses. The Courses are made more inviting by giving them structural designs. The players indeed get to experience the warmth and feel of playing in different atmospheres and varying golf courses.
Emergence of Golf – The sport:
Golf was first played in Scotland during the 15th century. After which the game rapidly spread its wings to England and the entire world. The Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers created in Scotland in 1744 was the first Golf Club ever. In United States, the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) was formed in 1916, which paved the professional way for golf as a serious sport. Currently golf has emerged to be a very popular and classy sport with golf tournaments across the world attracting huge number of players and viewers as well.
The Game Played:
Most of the times the course consists of 18 holes but it might also vary. The golfer starts his game by hitting the ball from a tee area towards the hole. The flat area of short grass where the hole is place is called the green.
Depending on the tactic s and experience of the golfer, it takes the golfer quite a number of shots to get the ball on to the green. Once the golfer’s ball reaches the green, the generally uses a putter to sail the ball into the hole.
The number of strokes or swings that the golfer uses to bring the ball in to the hole are counted and documented on a scorecard. The Golfer with the minimum number of strokes/swings used to reach the hole wins the game.
Sounds Simple it is, but it requires lots of skill sets and patience to succeed in this game.
Golf – A Million Dollar Industry:
With the emergence of Golf as a favorite sport of the majority, the development of the game as a whole has happened leading to new industrial feats. With increasing number of players and Viewers, the revenue generation part, right from ticketing to other subsidiary business has also seen rapid growth.
The Marketing Efforts are also proving to be fruitful with major sponsors for these events both on Ground and on Television. This has led to the increased popularity of the game, most often called as the classy rich game. This has made Golf in the United States emerge as a $70 billion annual industry. Golf has attained the million- mark not only in terms of revenue but also in terms of players with 24.1 million players in the U.S.