1618
King James VI of Scotland and I of England confirms the right of the populace to play golf on Sundays.

King James
King James



1621
First recorded reference to golf on the links of Dornoch (later Royal Dornoch), in the far north of Scotland.

1641
Charles II is playing golf at Leith when he learns of the Irish rebellion, marking the beginning of the English Civil War. He finishes his round.

Charles II
Charles II

1642
John Dickson receives a license as ball-maker for Aberdeen, Scotland.

1659
Golf is banned from the streets of Albany, New York-the first reference to golf in America.

1682
In the first recorded international golf match, the Duke of York and John Paterstone of Scotland defeat two English noblemen in a match played on the links of Leith. Andrew Dickson, carrying clubs for the Duke of York, is the first recorded caddy.

1687
A book by Thomas Kincaid, Thoughts on Golve, contains the first references on how golf clubs are made.

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