Golf is one of the longest running sports in history, with roots that stretch back as far as the 1400s. Interestingly, the first mention of the game is that it was banned, due to the fact that it was considered to be a distraction from archery, seen as a far more important and noble sport at the time. Later the ban was lifted when the king who had given the ban order became a golfer himself. The game soon became widely adopted, but it was not until much later that the game took on its current modern form in Scotland.
Reports say that the oldest golf course still existing today was created in the 1600s, which stands as testimony to how golf is a game of strong legacy. Often said to be the gentleman’s game, there is much in the way of golfers being proud of the game, and eager to see its roots preserved. Modern golf may have taken on more flare, but the roots of the game are still strong across the world. In terms of bet making, golf has a tradition of players placing money on their games, which is a tradition that still exists today. Although, of course, it is now possible to place bets on professional games, via online bookmakers.
Golf is played across the globe, with professional golfers hailing from virtually every country under the sun. The core rules of the game have remained almost completely unchanged, identical to as they were centuries ago. Simply put, the rules of golf are to put the ball into the hole with as few strokes as possible. The player who uses the least strokes is the winner.
One aspect of golf that has changed rather dramatically is the clubs. In early golf games, players had only a few clubs, and the material most commonly used was wood. This, of course, has changed, and modern golfers have a great many clubs at their disposal, some of which have had their design perfected over many years. Modern golf clubs can be made from an assortment of materials, including wood and a variety of specialised metals. The prices of some golf clubs can be astronomical, and it is said that a modern golfer carries a small fortune around in his golf bag.
Major tournaments and championships, such as the PGA Tour, may be bet on via online bookmakers. Betting options include predicting which golfer will win the PGA tour, with extra payouts made for also predicting the winning golfer’s final score. Be sure to keep in mind that fixed odds assigned to players may change as a particular tour progresses and new information becomes available.
Also note that in some cases bookmakers will assign handicaps to players, which helps keep the game fair and entertaining to bet on. In the case of a handicap being assigned, be sure to carefully examine the situation before placing a bet. To see what golf betting options are available at your favourite online bookmaker, simply log on and surf to the appropriate section.