In golf we trust: it was banned by King James II but given royal patronage by King James IV

Golf has been a religion in Scotland since King James II banned it in 1457. The reason? His subjects preferred it to archery practice, which made it a threat to national security.

Half a century later, it received royal patronage from James IV, who paid 14 shillings to a Perth merchant for a set of clubs, only to lose three times that amount in a match with the Earl of Bothwell.

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