The Early Origins of Golf

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Daniel Reardon has been involved with Otto Bremer Trust for over 20 years. As co-CEO and trustee for Otto Bremer Trust, he is responsible for ensuring compliance to the trust instrument and the law, while also overseeing investments made by the trust. Daniel Reardon enjoys playing golf when he has time away from work.

The history of golf stretches further back than many realize. During the reign of the Roman Empire, sportsmen played a similar game that involved using tree branches to strike a ball, usually filled with feathers, along a surface. In China during the Song Dynasty, which lasted between 960 and 1279, an early version of the game was also played, though again it did not have the structure that defines golf as we know it now.

The modern version of golf took form in Scotland in the mid-15th century. Despite being outlawed soon after by King James II, apparently because it was distracting too many people from their military training, it emerged as a popular pastime throughout Britain a couple of centuries later. This led to the first British Open taking place in 1860, which contributed to the sport’s growing popularity and established one of the most prestigious events on the pro golf calendar.

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