Antique prints about golf. The modern game of golf originated in Scotland. The first written record of golf is James II's banning of it in 1457 as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery ! James IV lifted the ban in 1502 when he became a golfer himself, with golf clubs first recorded in 1503-1504: The Old Course at St Andrews, a links course dating to before 1574, is considered to be a site of pilgrimage. So, golf has been popular for centuries, yet the curious thing is attractive antique art featuring golf is very hard to find. Perhaps it was long ago collected and hung in golf club rooms around the world!