Posted by Word Wizard on January 06, 2003
In Reply to: GOLF - Gentlemen Only - Ladies Forbidden posted by William Courter on January 06, 2003
: Help. Is this true or not??
: We just listened to a commedian in Las Vegas who told this story, saying that it was true, and then basing a few jokes on this "truth":
: Golf was invented in Scotland. The name "GOLF" came from a sign over the first golf "club house" in Scotland that stated, "Gentlemen Only - Ladies Forbidden." Could this be the true origin of the word "GOLF"?
: Just curious....
: All the best....
: -Wil Courter (Greensboro, NC)
The word 'Golf' pre-dates clubhouses, sign writing and the very idea that any lady should even consider chasing a tiny ball from one hole to another around a big field by hitting it with a stick - they had more sense.