Golf, the sport of swinging sticks and chasing little white balls, has a long and storied history that’s as quirky as every golfer’s swing. So, grab your visor, dust off your clubs, and join me on a hilarious journey through the wacky world of golf’s past! Or at least a 2-minute rundown of golf’s humble begionnings, fashion, and one of the funniest golf skits I’ve ever heard – Thanks Mr. Robin Williams [WATCH BELOW]
The Humble Beginnings:
Picture this: it’s the 15th century in Scotland, and a bunch of bored shepherds, who were clearly hard at work, discover that hitting stones into rabbit holes can be oddly satisfying and at the same time… frustratingly difficult. And just like that, the game of golf was born! They probably didn’t realize they were starting a worldwide obsession, In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and stake my reputation they never saw or had any inclination what this would evolve to. I am also quite confident they had no dream of ensuring the fashion statement of plaid pants for centuries to come. Let’s hear it from Robin himself on just how he thinks the origins of this crazy game occurred.
The Tee-Rific Evolution:
As golf spread across the rolling hills of Scotland, it evolved from chasing stones to hitting feather-stuffed balls with clubs made of tree branches. I mean, who needs fancy graphite clubs when you can swing a shrubbery? Now, let’s talk about the holes. Back in the day, golfers used to dig holes in the ground and use a wooden peg called a “tee” to support the ball. You can imagine the uproar when someone accidentally teed off and the ball vanished into the depths of the Earth. Thank goodness they invented those shiny little flags to mark the holes, or else we’d have golfers digging for treasure instead of birdies!
The Bold and the Plaidful: Ah, the fashion of golfers. From those snazzy plaid pants that scream “I mean business, but, I’m also here to party!”, to those dashing polo shirts and wide-brimmed hats, golfers have always been at the forefront of sartorial excellence – I know debatable at best, but just go with it for me for a few more seconds. Who else could pull off argyle socks and tasseled shoes? They’re like peacocks of the fairway, strutting their stuff and fluffing their plumage with every swing. In my opinion, nobody did it better than the late great Payne Stewart. I’m open for debate, comment below and I’d be happy to hear your take… (That was honestly not intended to rhyme, but what can I say excellence is oft stumbled upon where you are least intending or looking for it)
The Caddie Conundrum:
Golfers may have all the glory, but let’s not forget about their trusty sidekicks—the caddies! These brave souls lug around those hefty bags and offer advice like, “Don’t worry, it’s just water… or you got this, I mean sh*t, trees are 90% air right!” All joking aside, they are undoubtedly the unsung heroes of the game and most of them are pretty damn good golfers in their own right. Their willingness and ability to silently endure the golfer’s wild swings and the occasional temper tantrum, all the while keeping a straight face when they hand over the wrong club and say, “Oops, my bad!” They are like on course sports psychologists.
Golfers and Their Superstitions:
This one may be my favorite – Think Tin Cup (Video Clip Below). If there’s one thing golfers love as much as plaid, it’s superstitions. Whether it’s wearing the same lucky socks for every game or performing elaborate rituals before a shot, golfers are known for their quirky beliefs. Who knows, maybe those pre-swing dances and whispered prayers are the secret to unlocking the golfing gods’ favor! One thing I am sure of is that a “Pre Shot Routine” was born out of it and every, I mean EVERY, accomplished golfer has one. Period.
Golf’s history is a delightful mix of questionable fashion choices, creative problem-solving (like inventing tees to save balls from vanishing underground), and a whole lot of laughter. So, the next time you hit the links, take a moment to appreciate the absurdity and charm that have made golf the game that refuses to retire its plaid pants. After all, what’s golf without a little bit of humor and a whole lot of fun?
Sewe you later in the week Fore! more…