King William
King William

The St. Andrews Golfers ban the stymie, but rescind the ban one year later.



1834
William IV confers the title "Royal and Ancient" on the Golf Club at St. Andrews.

1836
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers abandons the deteriorating Leith Links, moving to Musselburgh.

The longest driver ever recorded with a feathery ball, 361 yards, is achieved by Samuel Messieux at Elysian Fields.

1842
The Bombay Golfing Society (later Royal Bombay) is founded.

1844
Blackheath follows Leith in expanding its course from five to seven holes. North Berwick also had seven holes at the time, although the trend toward a standard eighteen had begun.

1848
Invention of the "guttie," the gutta-percha ball. It flies farther than the feathery and is much less expensive. It contributes greatly to the expansion of the game.

The Gutta-Pecha Ball
The Gutta-Pecha Ball

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