Why Is it So Difficult For Women to Join Prestigious British Golf Clubs and How Did the Name Originate?

Exclusive men’s country clubs were called golf clubs long before the game was invented.

“GOLF” is an acronym derived from the phrase “gentlemen only, ladies forbidden.”

Men had formed these clubs to enjoy themselves without the politics of dealing with women.

When they began chasing a small ball around the grounds they gave the game the same name as their club: golf.

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