Queen Catherine
Queen Catherine

1527
The first commoner recorded as a golfer is Sir Robert Maule, described as playing on Barry Links (near the modern-day Carnoustie).

1552
The first recorded evidence of golf at St. Andrews.



1553
The Archbishop of St. Andrews issues a decree giving the local populace the right to play golf on the links at St. Andrews.

1567
Mary, Queen of Scots, seen playing golf shortly after the death of her husband Lord Darnley, is the first known female golfer.

Mary, Queen of Scotts
Mary, Queen of Scotts

1589
Golf is banned in the Blackfriars Yard, Glasgow. This is the earliest reference to golf in the west of Scotland.

1592
The City of Edinburgh bans golfing at Leith on 1592 (continued) Sunday "in tyme of sermonis."

1618
Invention of the feathery ball.

Feathery Ball
Feathery Ball

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