Where does the world 'golf' come from?

Published 31/07/2008 21:34:34

It is thought the word golf comes from the Dutch word "kolf" or "kolve", meaning "club". Historians believe this was passed on to the Scottish, whose own dialect changed this to "golve," "gowl" or "gouf". By the sixteenth century, this had evolved into the word we know today.

So what is the connection between Holland and Scotland? Active trade routes from Scotland's east coast, and Holland's west coast are thought to account for this cross-pollenation of cultures. Some historians believe Scottish sailors brought the game of "kolf" (a game involving a stick and a ball on frozen canals) to the Dutch.

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Contrary to what many believe, the word golf is not an acronym.


1.  I thought it was Flog spelled backwards...to flog a ball...??

comment by Mike - 09/10/2009 01:23

2.  Wow this really proves men wrong and how women should be able to play golf to and I would give this a 5 star because I play golf to and am a female.

comment by Jrose - 21/03/2013 01:22

3.  Go On Living Forever. That's what golf is my friends

comment by Daman Seigell - 28/09/2014 14:57

4.  Good information.
I am a keen Golfer may not be good

comment by Govindlal Agarwal - 07/10/2014 05:30

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