The game of golf was initially popular in countries like Chile, Rome, Holland, Scotland and Italy. The game of golf does not have a direct heredity but is supposed to have originated from the games which used a ball and stick. The game of golf has been played in Australia from the 1830’s. While there were initially no set rules for golf, gradually the game started having a fixed number of rules. In Australia, there was a huge hue and cry about the fact that which is the oldest of the two—The Royal Melbourne Golf Club or The Australian Golf Club of Sydney. While the Australian Golf Club was set up in the year 1882 it lost its course until 1985, the Royal Melbourne Club has maintained its glory since its establishment in 1891.
Golf in Australia has a strict code of conduct to be followed by the players of all Championships and competitions. According to these rules, each golfer must comply with the common etiquettes and spirit of the game. There are three categories of offences – A, B and C. An offence of a player falls in the Category A if he physically attacks or abuses another player, threatens verbally, deliberately makes a false score card, misbehaves, damages the amenities or brings disrepute to the game. A player falls in Category B if he gets angry and breaks the equipments, uses foul language, is drunk on the grounds and misbehaves with other players. A player falls in Category C offence if he criticises the game publicly, refuses to co-operate with other players, uses a radio or mobile during a match or fails to appear at the final ceremony. In any of these cases, the disciplinary proceedings include the hearing of cases by a Conduct Officer and the accused should be present at the time of hearing. In case of his absence at the time of hearing he is required to pay a fine. The player is given the right to appeal in front of the Disciplinary Tribunal within 30 days of receiving the written notice. Generally in case of A and B category offences a player might be asked to leave the game or pay a huge fine or the membership of the player might be suspended. In case of category C offence, the player is not disqualified from the game, however the other rules remain the same.
Australia has produced some of the famous golfers like Greg Norman, Aaron Baddeley, Arnold Palmer and Karrie Ann Webb among many others who have become synonymous with Australian golf. The Australian golf courses like Kennedy Bay, Hope Island, Brookewater, The Dunes, Moonah Waters and others have become an important part of Australian golf. A secure and flourishing future lies ahead of Australia golf with the array of budding talents entering this game.