The History of Golf
Nobody truly knows when and where golf was first played, but what is irrefutable is that the first written evidence dates from 1457 when the King of Scotland, James II, famously banned it because it was interfering with his soldiers archery practise. By this time it is safe to assume that golf was already a common pastime in Scotland. Thankfully by 1502, peace had been made with England and everybody, including the King, could play golf with a clear conscience. When James VI succeeded to the English throne as James I in 1603, he took his court to London and he and his courtiers played golf within the grounds of the Royal Palaces and at Blackheath Common. However, it would take almost another three hundred years before the game of golf truly gripped the imagination of the general population...
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Antique Golf Collectibles
The past few decades have seen a spectacular rise in interest in golf antiques (otherwise known as golfing memorabilia, golf collectibles or even sometimes called golfika). It is not clear whether this interest has been driven by an increase in those playing the modern game worldwide or by newspaper reports of rare items achieving huge prices at major international auctions! Certainly, antique dealers and the general public now have a heightened awareness that old golf stuff can be valuable.Timewarp Golf proprietor Mr.Gavin Bottrell has carried out his own extensive academic based research into the antique golf market and within this site offers his own insight into the investment side of buying and collecting antique golf collectibles. Additionally, he offers items for sale to collectors, investors, or to those who just want an occasional piece for mounting on the wall and taking pleasure from admiring such wonderful objects.
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Examples of Long-nose, Transitional and Bulger scare-neck woods circa 1875, 1885 and 1890.
This picture shows how the design of club heads developed in response to the evolution of the golf ball.