GOLF - Meaning of the word Golf

A common misconception is that the word GOLF is an acronym for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden. This is a 20th century joke and definitely not true.It is now generally accepted that the "golf" is derived from an ancient word meaning "club", although this in turn may have older related roots going back to ancient times. The first recorded mention of the word "golf" is in Edinburgh on March 6, 1457, when King James II banned "ye golf" to encourage neglected archery.

1457 Item it is ordanyt and decretyt that ye futbawe and ye golf be uterly cryt done and not usyt. (It is ordained and decreed that football and golf be uterly cryt done and not practised).

The royal ban on golf was repeated in 1471 by James III, son of James II, and in 1491 by James IV,