History of golf in Canada – From 15 to 21th Century

Canada is like a dreamland for golfers. Because of it’s vast landscape, country does not lack golf courses, and fortunately for us, Canadian golfers, they are all well maintained. But it was not always like that. With this post, i want to tell a quick historical summary of how golf happened to become one of the most beloved sports of Canada.

Just like in other parts of the world, golf in canada was introduced by british, more specifically, by Scottsmen who settled in Nova scotia in 18 and 19th centuries. We see the First mention of golf as a mainstream sport in the newspapers published in 1820s, report reads that local scottsmen are organizing golf tournament and invite everyone to join. We do not exactly go how first Canadian golfing event went, but considering how popular golf is now, it must not have been boring.

From there, Nova Scotia, golf has quickly spread to other east coast provinces, mainly in Quebeck, and from there, it must have gone mainstream all across the country. The fact that golf was gaining popularity in US provinces like Michigan and Minnesota must have helped too, because of close neighborhood and mix of the cultures.

So golf was slowly gaining popularity, but it still had a long way to go to reach the level of popularity it is at now. By the end of 19th century, first oficcial golf associations started to appear and first professional golf courses were opened. At the same time, players started improving golf clubs and defining clear rules for the game. It was about the time when specific golf slang started to form as well. But it was not until 1890s when golf really took off and became one of the most popular sports in the country, of course, following hockey.

On the other hand, it is worth to be noted that Canada was first one in North America to introduce golf clubs for women and hold tournaments for them. It might be because of tolerant culture, but it might also have a lot to do with higher interest of the sport which is still very prominent in Canadian women. In fact, one might even argue that most prominent womens golf clubs are currently made in Canada.

Unfortunately, because of two bloody wars in the 20th century, male golfers’ population went through major decline, which caused golf industry to take a hit too. But after the 50s and 60s, it came back more popular than ever and golf claimed back it’s title of one of the most popular sports of big white north.

Note that i am not golf history expert by any means, so i might have left some stuff out and i might be mistaken about few details. I wanted to tell magnificient story of Canadian golfing because of golf’s decrease in popularity in our country.  I think it’s very important to realize that golf is part of Canadian culture and we should preserve it.

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