Early Colf in America - The GCS Bulletin, march 2015
When thumbing through earlier GCS Bulletins, published by the Golf Collectors Society, today the Golf Heritage Society, I came across our article about ‘Early Colf in America’.
The first references to Netherlandish settlers playing colf date from 1650. When in 1667, the Netherlanders were defeated in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, the British took over and that was the end of colf in the Americas.
reference to golf date only from 1779, when an advertisement for excellent golf
clubs and Caledonian balls was published in the Rivington’s Royal Gazette.
Scottish settlers and military had brought the game to America. And that was
the beginning of today a most popular sport in America.
Golf History for Golf Historians & Collectors - golfika no. 12, summer 2013
Thumbing through the earlier Golfika’s, I found an article about how Geert & I discovered our new hobby, which became over the years a nearly full-time pursuit.
Then we decided to concentrate on Jeu de Mail (Pall
Mall) of which game we gathered quite some
information, until September 2018, when regrettably Geert passed away. Recently, I decided that it is time to pick up our research
instead of putting it under a big pile of paper. Immediate cause was an article
of two scientists, Volkmar Eidloth and Hans Renes, in ‘Siedlungsforschung.
Archäologie – Geschichte – Geographie 35, 2018, Mailbahnen als städtebauliche
und landschaftsplanerische Innovation im 17. Jahrhundert.‘ (available on
the internet in 2021).
And I am sure, that Geert will be looking down with pride from the happy 'golfing' grounds!