The game of golf dates back to the 15th century in Scotland, where links courses such as the Old Course at St. Andrews are the oldest golf courses in the world. Golf is played by amateurs as a recreational sport as well as professionals who participate in major tours such as the PGA and LPGA. Golf was in the Summer Olympic Games in 1900 and 1904 and made its long awaited return to the Olympic program in 2016.
Golf is a participant sport in which a player, using up to 14 different clubs, hits a golf ball in an effort to get it in the golf hole in the least amount of strokes as possible. Golf courses usually consist of 9-18 holes, with some holes being more difficult than others. Golf does not use a standardized playing area but instead, each golf course has a unique design and set of attributes that allows the player to navigate different routes to completing each hole.
British Columbia Golf is the Provincial Sport Organization for golf in British Columbia and represents over 54,000 individual golfers at over 300 clubs and courses. A notable Team BC Games alumnus is Kevin Kwon, 2013 Canadian Junior and 2013 Canada Summer Games Champion who now plays for the University of Washington.