The Development and Spread of Golf


Golf pic


As the president of South Central Steel (SCS) in Alabama, Andy Schroeder directs the production of structural steel. When he takes time off from leading SCS, Andy Schroeder frequently enjoys a round of golf.

Golf has a long, rich history. Although the sport of striking a ball toward a target (using few strokes) dates back to the 13th century in the Netherlands, the modern game appeared in Scotland in the 15th century. King James II banned the game in the 1400s, owing to its supposed interference with military training, but it was legalized in 1502.

Golfers in Edinburgh receive credit for writing the game’s first rules in 1744. Golf grew in popularity as the Scots exported it elsewhere throughout the British Isles in the 18th century, and by the late 1800s, it had gained a foothold not only elsewhere in Europe, but also as far afield as South Africa, Canada, and Asia.

In the United States, its arrival was signaled by the formation of a golf club in South Carolina in 1787. The inception of the United States Golf Association in 1894 began a period of expansion, marked by the appearance of 267 golf clubs by 1910.