Why Golf Is A Sport

1065 Words Nov 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Golf is a very well-known, controversial game that has held high popularity for many years possibly going back even as far as 960-1279 AD during the Song Dynasty. Though the game was played much differently during the Song Dynasty there is proof that there are similarities. The closest game played to the game today was in the 1400s in Scotland. The game played in the 1400s has changed over time but the main objective remains; on must hit a small ball, with a club, into a hole in has few hits as possible. Today a typical golf game consists of eighteen different holes, and the player with the lowest amount of hits wins the game. The answer to the question of golf being considered a sport or not is based on personal opinion, but either side may be backed up by a few different arguments including the dictionary definitions of a sport, the inclusion of golf in the Olympic Games, and the physical fitness level needed to play. The arguments presented for and against the idea that golf is a sport may be deemed credible on each side of the argument.
Many may use the argument that golf fits the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of a sport: “physical activity engaged in for pleasure: a particular activity (as an athletic game).” Some argue that there is a sustainable amount of physical activity, competitiveness, and skill needed, which are all components of a sport. To counter the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of a sport, one may use the Dictionary.com definition of a…

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