“Golf is a science, the study of a lifetime, in which you may exhaust yourself, but never your subject. It is a contest, a duel, or a melee, calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control. It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character. It affords the chance to play the man and act the gentleman. It means going into God’s out-of-doors, getting close to nature, fresh air, exercise, a sweeping away of mental cobwebs, genuine recreation of tired tissues.”
The game of golf has evolved tremendously since David Forgan first spoke these words, a part of what he authored as the Golfer’s Creed, in 1899. As the son of a master golf club manufacturer hailing from St. Andrews, Scotland, Forgan traveled to Canada and then the United States, watching the game grow every step of the way. But as quickly as it grew, not even Forgan could have envisioned the game today.
Technological advancements in every aspect have changed the game; it could be argued for better...