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A Quick History of Golf

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While the definitive history of golf has yet to be uncovered, the game has existed in one form or another since at least medieval times, when games were played with balls and clubs.  The game itself grew out of a ball and club game on the fjord of the Firth of Forth in Scotland.

According to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the game of golf was invented in Scotland.  While ball and club games were played in other places, like the Netherlands and China, among others, the golf game we recognize today with 18 holes almost surely originated in Scotland.  In fact, there is 1457 documentation of the existence of golf in the form of an Act of Scottish Parliament wherein James II of Scotland banned the playing of “gowf” and football because they were distracting soldiers from practicing archery, which was needed for military tactics.

Golf was banned in Parliamentary Acts of 1471 and 1491 because golf was deemed unprofitable, and Mary Queen of Scots was frowned upon for playing golf right after the murder of her husband in 1567.  Golf was not considered a suitable pastime for women at that time, so it was scandalous that she played at all, but particularly scandalous that she would play after the murder of her husband.  Since one conspiracy theory speculates that Mary herself was responsible for her husband’s (who was also her first cousin) death, it may not be surprising that she was nonplussed enough to play a round of golf.

Later, James VI of Scotland would ban golf, but was given balls and clubs on three different occasions by people trying to convince him that the game was fun.  James eventually became king of England, and it is thought that his son and attendants played at Blackheath in London.

A lawyer, Sir John Foulis, has ledgers that record games of golf played at Musselburgh Links in 1672 – the same course where Mary Queen of Scots supposedly played in 1567, and the oldest golf course in the world.

Thomas Kincaid, medical student and avid golfer, was the first to write instructions for playing the game.  He played Brutsfield Links and Leith Links, and in his notes we find the first mention of a handicap system, and descriptions of his golf swing.  This diary dates back to 1687.  The oldest specific rules for the game were written for the Company of Gentleman Golfers in the year 1744.  The club, which later became The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, played at Leith and the society still exists today.  One group, called The Royal Burgess Golfing Society, claimed that they were formed in 1735, but the Edinburgh Golfers are generally known as the first group of golfers, who also established the rules.

Emigrants from Scotland to the British Colonies introduced the game of golf, and as early as 1779 there exist advertisements in the Royal Gazette of New York City for golf clubs and golf balls.  Additionally, there is documentation of a golf club in Savannah, Georgia from a 1796 issue of the Georgia Gazette.

The 1850s saw a keen interest in Scotland emerge in Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who built a castle (Balmoral) in Scotland and were instrumental in the railway being built between Edinburgh and London.  When this happened, tourism to Scotland increased greatly, and English people became interested in Scottish life and culture.  Golf, of course, was a big part of that and this time period saw a spread of golf courses across the British Isles.  By 1880 England had 12 golf courses, and by 1914 it had over 1000.  Also by the 1880’s golf groups emerged in South Africa, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Tracking back to 1868, the Meji restoration in Japan saw the country striving to become more modern, and Japanese people traveled to America and Europe to set up trade and learn about new business, science, and cultural trends.  In turn, people from Europe and America traveled to Japan to help set up banks, schools, factories, and shipyards.  By 1903, British people living in Japan developed their own golfing club in Kobe, and in 1913 Japanese natives founded the Tokyo Golf Club.

As golf maintains its popularity, so the industry grows.  What used to be old, wooden clubs are now made from graphite and titanium.  What used to be a wooden ball was then made of leather, and then balls were made from dried sap.  Today golf balls are made from urethane blends or surlyn, and are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible.  You can even choose the type of ball you want, depending on your golfing style.  It’s safe to say, golf will be popular for many years to come.

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Things To Do During the Indy 500 Race Season

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The Indianapolis 500-Mile race takes place every year during Memorial Day weekend in Speedway, Indiana. Thousands upon thousands of people show up to experience the joys of car racing at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing in the world. The year 2011 is a special year for the Indy 500 – it’s their 100th anniversary.

Allison Transmission Balloon Festival

In addition to the main race on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the weeks beforehand are filled with events and activities. Many of these events are sponsored by the Indy 500 itself. The fun starts on Saturday, May 7th with the Allison Transmission Balloon Festival. This festival, which was first held in 2009, features 33 hot air balloons that are launched above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the delight of onlookers. The Emerging Technologies Day occurs on this day as well. At the Emerging Technologies event, many innovative renewable technologies for the auto industry will be on display.

Fast Cars = Fun Times

On Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th, Indy 500 marks its 100th anniversary with a celebration of automobiles. 250 contestants will showcase their classic cars as they compete for blue-ribbon awards. There are several open practice days where you can watch hopeful drivers practice in an attempt to win a spot in the race. On May 21st and May 22nd you can watch the thirty three competitors being selected. Then there’s the Firestone Freedom 100, held the Friday before the Indy 500. You can buy tickets to watch both the practice and the actual race. By May 28th, things really start to heat up as it is the day before the Indy 500 race. You can watch the pre-race meeting, get autographs from current and past drivers and check out the memorabilia show. The official race begins on May 29th at noon.

Non-Sponsored Events

The above mentioned events are all officially sponsored by the Indy 500. There are several other events sponsored by others going on during this period of time as well. For example, on the first Saturday in May is the Indiana Life 500 Mini Marathon, where 25,000 people run in the largest half marathon in the entire country. During this 13.1 mile run, runners start downtown, go all the way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and back. There’s the CARA Indy 500 Fashion Show and Luncheon held on the Thursday before the race and the 500 Snakepit Ball, held on the Friday before the race. The Ball is a black tie gala official race event party where race fans and celebrities mingle. On the day before the race is the IPALCO 500 Festival Parade. More than 250,000 people show up to watch the parade, which includes over one hundred floats, bands and qualifying race drivers.

 

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Equipment Used in Kids MMA

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Choosing the right kind of kids MMA equipment is very crucial. They must provide protection and be stylish so that your children will be more motivated to participate in the sport. Children who watch professional athletes on television while they fight may have certain preferences or may want the same kind of gear that they see their favorite player is wearing or using. As parents, we need to make sure that while we satisfy our children’s requests, the equipment are made from high quality materials, made to last a long time, safe to use, and serve their intended purpose quite well.

You want your children to be able to want to wear their MMA gear and wear them with confidence, giving a good impression to everyone who sees them, especially with other students and teachers in MMA School. When in school, students are usually in traditional gis or in shorts with gloves and protective head gear, shin guards, and elbow pads. You can let your children choose designs or styles they like and they will normally get similar ones their MMA idols or favorite players wear. Your children will also need gym bags since they will be using these to put their equipment and clothes in when they go to MMA School. For home practice and use, you can get training pads and grappling dummies so they can perfect moves they learned at school. Include your children when making the decision because if they don’t like what you picked for them, they will only refuse to wear and use those items.

For the clothes, make sure they fit properly, not too loose or too tight, so that they can move freely and comfortably. Mixed martial arts is a contact sport and you want to make sure that your kids’ clothes and equipment fit right so that they won’t make mistakes or get distracted because they are constantly adjusting their clothes or worrying that they fall off during sparring.

Since MMA is such a popular sport, you won’t have any problems finding the equipment your kids can use when learning it. You can go to sport supplies stores or shop online and there is always a very wide array of choices.

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5 Sporting Activities while in Cornwall

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Cornwall provides the tourist with so many options to have a good holiday, it can be difficult to decide what to actually do when your here. Here are a few tips I would recommended looking into if your planning to visit the south west this summer.

Surf – Surfing has become so popular in Cornwall of recent years, especially places like Newquay which have built a reputation for themselves as a ‘surf town’ have loads to offer you as an experienced surfer and if you are looking to learn, what better place to learn than in the sea in Cornwall with qualified instructors to help you get to grips with it. Admittedly you might need a more lessons than one, some people pick it up really quickly, but don’t expect to get it straight away, its harder than it looks, trust me!

Sail – Sailing is a sport which looks really difficult, but in fact once you understand the mechanics of it your laughing. In Cornwall at just about every large coastal town you will be able to learn to sail. If you have been sailing before then you will probably agree with my statement about the difficulty. Clubs based in the south west often have competitions racing to and from or around somewhere and its a great way of having fun while exercising constantly.

Wild swimming – The Sea around Cornwall is for about 4 months a good temperature to take a dip and the water is amongst some of the cleanest in the UK and provides a refreshing change from laying on the beach baking to a crisp and completely different to swimming in a chlorinated indoor heated pool. If you don’t fancy swimming in the sea check out some of the rivers around Cornwall, many are a bit calmer if you don’t like the waves.

Walking – Cornwall has many walks you can get stuck into, Lands end is one of the best places to walk, on the one side you have the sea with no land insight except for a very clear day and on the other endless nature which has been beaten down over the years by the savage winds. In land provides a different style of trek, Cornwall has a moors area in Bodmin which gives you the opportunity to trek across varied terrain and forested areas.

Diving – Cornwall offers tourists the chance to explore fully the waters around our rugged coast lines, home to many ship wrecks and the Manacles Reef based in Falmouth which attracts many experienced and new divers all year round to the third deepest natural harbor in the World.

As you can see, Cornwall provides you with many opportunities to have fun, enjoy your holiday and keep fit at the same time. These are just a few of the activities I would recommend looking into while you’re staying with us in Cornwall.

Isaac writes for a number of travel companies including Campers in Cornwall who provide VW Camper Vans which are available for rental when you are traveling around Cornwall and the South West of England. To find quality Campervan Hire Cornwall or VW Campervan Hire Cornwall check out Campers in Cornwall.

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