The origin of golf is hotly debated as many different cultures had games that involved hitting balls with sticks toward goals. It is likely a combination of two or three of these games. Generally accepted is that the modern day game began development in the 12th century in Scotland. According to historical accounts, shepherds would knock rocks into holes with sticks where St. Andrews Golf Club resides today.
Golf has turned into a multimillion dollar business as it is played today by millions of people around the world. Golf is a game played on an outdoor course with a series of 9 or 18 holes. The objective is to hit a small, hard ball with the use of various clubs into each hole with as few strokes as possible.