Golf has been called the greatest of all games, but
it has also been derided by none other than Mark Twain as nothing
more than a good walk spoiled. Traditional teaching holds that golf
originated in Scotland around the 15th century. However, there is
historical evidence of games similar to golf being played in the
low countries of Europe back in the 13th century. Over the many
centuries of golf's evolution, the balls used have changed greatly,
as have the clubs, the holes, the courses, and the entire game
The Historical Dictionary of Golf presents a comprehensive history of the game through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, photos, and over 300 cross-referenced dictionary entries on places, teams, terminology, and people, including Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sörenstam, Lorena Ochoa, Phil Mickelson, and, of course, Tiger Woods. Appendixes of the members of the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Major Championships of Golf, the International Team Events, and the Professional Tour Awards are also included.
Historical Dictionary of Golf is the third volume in the Historical Dictionaries of Sports series. Its format and content are similar to what has been presented in the other volumes in the series. A comprehensive history of the sport is revealed through a chronology, introductory essay, main dictionary section, a 72-page bibliography, photos, and 11 appendixes. The chronology records golf's first date as 1297, the year in which a golflike game called kolven was played on February 26 in the Netherlands, not in Scotland, where most people believe golf originated. The introduction adds immensely to the value of the volume by showing the historical arc of the sport. The main dictionary section has 300 cross-referenced entries on places, teams, terminology, and people. Most of the entries are golf biographies. This volume should find its way into most library collections.
Written by two independent scholars, the Historical Dictionary of Golf is an extensive, detailed review of the sport that covers everything from rules/regulations, equipment, courses, and tournaments to top golfers and influential figures. The dictionary opens with a list of acronyms and abbreviations, followed by a long chronology of the sport starting at 1297 and extending to the present. The 300-plus dictionary entries that follow are usually a couple of paragraphs long (some entries are more extensive). Entries do not include photographs or charts, just a narrative. The dictionary also features over ten appendixes, including a list of men's and women's major professional and amateur champions, professional tour awards, and members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Also included is a section of photographs with more than 18 pages of current and historical figures. Perhaps the volume's best feature is the exhaustive, topically organized bibliography that serves as a comprehensive listing of the literature related to golf. Lower-level undergraduates through practitioners; general readers.
Orthopedic surgeon Mallon and Jerris (director, U.S. Golf Assn. Museum) cover golf from the sport's 13th-century origins to events in the 21st century. An annotated chronology starts in 1297 with a Dutch golf-like game called kolven and ends by summarizing events in the PGA and LPGA in 2009. The dictionary entries provide information on diverse topics: terminology, rules, equipment, courses, competitions, and biographies. Appendixes (11 in all) provide information on the World Golf Hall of Fame, U.S. champions at various levels, international champions, professional tour awards, and other awards and are followed by a bibliography....Mallon and Jerris's valuable guide to the historical development of the game will appeal to individuals interested in golf, the history of sports, and leisure studies. Highly recommended for specialized reference collections.
The third volume in Scarecrow’s new Historical
Sports Dictionaries is a welcome addition to reference literature
on the history and culture of golf. Arranged in alphabetic order,
more than 300 names, places, terms, organizations, and events
chronicle the history of the game. With an extensive chronology
that runs from 1297 to 2009, the book provides cross-referenced
entries on players (men and women), terms used in the game, top
golf courses, and key tournaments. The
Historical Dictionary of Golf is a useful
Historical Dictionary of
Golf is comprehensive and detailed covering many
aspects of the game and the different personalities involved in
Bill Mallon, M.D., is
an orthopaedic surgeon who is in his second career, as he
previously played for four years (1976-79) on the U.S. PGA Tour.
During his golf career, he won over 40 tournaments, both amateur
and professional. For his contributions to the Olympic Movement, he
was awarded the Olympic Order in Silver in 2001, and he has
previously co-authored three editions of the Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement for
Rand Jerris has been the director of the United States Golf Association Museum since 2002, serving also as director of communications for the USGA since 2009. He has contributed numerous articles on golf history and art history to a variety of popular magazines and academic journals, and served two years on the board of the International Sports Heritage Association. For his contributions to golf history, he was awarded the Joseph Murdoch Medal by the British Golf Collectors Society in 2007.