Who really invented the modern game of Golf? in St Andrews

Tuesday 31st January 2017

  • Venue The Bookshop, 7 Greyfriars Garden, St Andrews, KY16 9HG
  • Doors open 7.45pm
  • Start time 8pm
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To many St Andrews is the home of Golf and, to most, the modern game is indelibly Scottish. But where did it really originate?  We’re thrilled to announce a fascinating evening  where, just a stone’s throw from the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, we discuss a distant and ancient golf-like game…

During the Song and Yuan Dynasties (AD 960-1368) Chinese people played a stick-and-ball game called chui wan (捶 丸) that, from contemporary paintings, looks uncommonly like modern golf.  But was it really an early form of golf?  Five scholars associated with the University of St Andrews, Anthony Butler, David Hamilton, John Moffett, Wuzong Zhou and Chuan Gao, have written the first full analysis of the game, including a new translation of the rule book of chui wan, the Wan Jing (丸 经).  Their conclusions throw new light on the origins of modern golf.

Join us for an entertaining night of golf related curiosities!