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The game of golf is an outdoor sport played on a grassy area (course) with a small hard ball and a series of wood and
steel-headed clubs. The object of the game is to hit the ball (at the first stroke between holes, the ball sits on a plastic or
wood peg called a tee), in as few strokes as possible into a hole or sunken cup on the course. The hole is at least 4
inches deep and 4.5 inches in diameter. The area between the hole and the tee is called the fairway and can contain
hazards such as sand traps, ponds, tall grass and trees. The fairway is often constructed with mounds and slopes. The
standard golf course has 9 or 18 holes and occupies about 65 acres or 150 acres. The game is played with partners
taking turns with competitors or individually. International tournaments for amateurs and professionals take place year
It is a much loved relaxing game and according to the National Golf Foundation, enjoyed by almost 20 million people
in United States alone. Revenue from this sport comes from the wide spectrum of goods involved, such as clubs, bags,
clothing, shoes, carts, etc., and the daily course fees. Consequently, it is a billion dollar industry, with new golf resorts
popping up all over the world annually, many with a waiting list of participants.
Golf has its origin, as we know it today, in Scotland in the 15th century; although it is not clear just who played the first
game of golf it could have been Caesar's form of relaxation for all we know. It appears that he did hit a feather-
stuffed ball with a club-shaped branch on occasion. In fact, a feather-stuffed ball was used at the world's oldest golf
course, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, Scotland, founded in 1754, up to the 1800's. The Royal and
Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is where the basic rules of golf were established.
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