British Golf Museum – Lecture Series

Wed 5 Jul 17

The British Golf Museum is hosting a series of lectures in their rooftop café, during the summer to celebrate the rich history of golf. These free events are open to the public, and will cover a broad range of topics including; the development of the Old Course, the life of Old Tom Morris, and the oldest female golf club in the world.

The next lecture takes place on Thursday 22nd June at 7pm; Dr David Hamilton will speak on the following subject:
"The game of 'Chui Wan'
Did the Chinese invent golf in 1280 AD?"

In the lasting controversy over the priority in originating the game of golf, there are frequent claims from China to have been first. Perhaps surprisingly, no satisfactory translation of the original texts into English has been available to help settle the question. To seek a definitive answer, a team of Chinese scholars and golf historians from St Andrews and Cambridge joined up to translate and analyse the text dating from 1280 describing the Chinese stick-and-ball game called 'Chui wan'.

The text deals at length with the rules, the equipment, etiquette, and betting as well as how to deal with cheating, and how a gentleman should conduct himself while at play. There are similarities with modern golf when the equipment used is studied, and there is play towards a hole in the ground. With study of this well-described Chinese game, and reflection on the nature of modern golf, it allows a verdict on where the game originated.
Talks will take place in our rooftop café, overlooking the iconic St Andrews Links and West Sands beach. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

TICKETS ARE FREE BUT PLEASE BOOK A PLACE by contacting Assistant Curator, Hannah Fleming
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01334 460054

List of talks in the series

Thursday 22nd June, 7pm - David Hamilton
The game of 'Chui Wan' Did the Chinese invent golf in 1280 AD?

Thursday 13th July, 7pm—Seonaid McAinsh
The Oldest Ladies Golf Club in the World

Thursday 24th August, 7pm – Peter Lewis
Links With A Past

Thursday 28th September, 7pm – Roger McStravick
Tom Morris – The St Andrews Years

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