There is no universally accepted derivation for the word \'golf.\' One of the most common misconceptions is that the word GOLF is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. This at least is definitely not true. The first documented mention of the word \'golf\' is in Edinburgh on 6th March 1457, when King James II banned ye golf, in an attempt to encourage archery practice, which was being neglected. Before the creation of dictionaries, there was no standardised spelling of any given word. People wrote words phonetically. Goff, gowf, golf, goif, gof, gowfe, gouff and golve have all been found in documents in Scotland.
Most people believe the old word \'gowfe\' was the most common term, pronounced \'gouf\'. The Loudon Gowf Club maintains the tradition of this terminology. It seems most likely that the terms golf, chole and kolf, which were the names for a variety of medieval stick and ball games in Britain and in continental Europe, are all derived from a co