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Posted by R. Berg on January 06, 2003

In Reply to: GOLF - Gentlemen Only - Ladies Forbidden posted by Word Wizard 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.

The true part is that golf was invented in Scotland.