Irrespective of all the debates and disparities among the opinionated historians, the origin of the golf is believed to be Scotland.
The roots of the games are found in the song dynasty of china during the years 960 to 1279. In the 17th century this game was a seemly pastime for the British Denizens and same culture
prevailed across the world. The fist British Open tournament took place in 1860. Royal Montreal Club in Canada became the first permanent golf club of North America in 1873.
Professional Golf Association of America which is the current governing body was founded in 1916. Amateurs were allowed to play in tournaments like British open and US open. However, the tournaments like worlds golf championships prohibited amateurs and allowed only professionals to become a part.
By 1920 tournament golf had become substantiated event all over the world and continues to do so today.