Origin of the Links

Appeared in the July/Aug. 2007 issue of LINKS.

A strange word it is: a singular noun ending in s and rhyming with jinx, minx and perhaps most appropriately, sphinx. No wonder there’s confusion.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, links first appeared in print in 931 as hlincas, plural of hlinc, or ridge.

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Dogged Victim | Taking it Slow

This article appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of LINKS.

Lost in the outrage over the one-stroke penalty for slow play slapped on 14-year-old Guan Tianlang at this year’s Masters was this simple fact: It was the first such penalty ever imposed at the Masters.

Indeed, in the long history of golf’s four major championships, there have been only five slow-play penalties.

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A Simpler Game: The 10 Golden Rules

Appeared in Fall 2011 LINKS

Since the humble beginnings of organized golf, more than two and a half centuries ago, almost every element of the game has changed and grown. But surely no aspect has expanded more dramatically—and some would say needlessly—than the Rules.

Back in 1744 the original Rules of Golf issued by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers numbered just 13—340 well-chosen words covered everything from lost balls to “wattery filth.

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