DSL - DOST Golf, Gouf, n.1 Also: golfe, golff, goulf; goufe, gouff(e, gowf, gowff(e, gauff; goff(e, gofe, goofe; goif(f. [Prob. ad. Du. kolf, the club used in a game similar to golf.] The game of golf.
(a) At the fut bal ande the golf be vtterly criyt done and nocht vsyt; 1457 Acts II. 48/2. It is thocht expedient ... at the futbal & golf be abusit in tym cummyng; 1471 Ib. 100/1. To the King to play at the golf with the Erle of Bothuile, iij Franch crounis; 1504 Treas. Acc. II. 418. Certane horsmen of Edinburgh ... past to the links of Leith, and thair tuik nyne burgessis of Edinburgh playand at the golf; Diurn. Occurr. 285. Walter Hay ... accusit for playing at the boulis and golff upoun Sondaye in the tym of the sermon; 1596 Elgin Rec. II. 46. William Stokis, ... Thomas Craig, quha war playing at the goulf upon the Sabbothe day; 1608 Kinghorn Kirk S. 14. James Rodger [etc.] ... were complained upon for playing at the golf upon ane Lord's day; 1651 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 440. The King went to goulf in ... (Spittle) Feilds; 1662 Brodie Diary 240.
attrib. I send thé here a playand ball, And ane golf staff to driffe the ball vithe all; Alex. (Taym.) 54 b. That thai ... playit in the golf feildis ... [in] tyme of fast and preiching; 1583 St. A. Kirk S. 515.
(b) That in na place of the realme be vsit fut bawis, gouff, or vthir sic vnproffitable sportis; 1491 Acts II. 226/2. Being accusit for prophaning of the Saboth day in playing at the gouf eftir nune; 1598 St. A. Kirk S. 846. To play at the goufe ... the tyme of sessioun; 1599 Ib. 913. Playeris at gouff, bowllis, kyillis or any vther pastyme on the Saboth day; 1604 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 38. He exerciset the gowf, and oftymes past to Barry lynkes, quhan the wadfie vas for drink; Reg. Panmure I. p. xxxii. Thair sall be na public playing suffred on the Sabbath dayes, as playing at ... archerie, gowfe, &c.; 1610 S. Leith Rec. 8. That the schollers be exercised in lawful games, such as gouffe, archarie, and the lyk; 1642 Mun. Univ. Glasg. II. 466. Ife ... you have a mind for a touch at long gauff tomorrow, lett mee know; 1690 Seafield Corr. 64.
(c) At the goiff, because thai war partismen wyth the said Jhone in wynning and tyinsell [etc.]; 1538 Aberd. B. Rec. (MS) XVI. (J). Sic playis wnlefull, & speciallie cartis, dyis, tabillis, goif, kylis, bylis, & sic wther playis; 1565 Ib. XXVI. (J). Keipand the said ... rod quhill it come to the fuird of the goiff burne; 1615 Aberd. B. Rec. II. 325.
(d) For archerie and goff, I haid bow, arrose, glub and bals; Melvill 29. Playing at the goff in the park on the Sabboth aftirnone; 1621 Misc. Maitl. C. I. 458. For prophayning the Sabbath day in goeing to the gofe in tyme of sermone; 1646 Rec. Old Aberd. II. 153. A blind man ... that could play weill to the goofe; 1665 Lauder Journal 132. Heer the inhabitants recreat themselves with ... foot ball, goffe [etc.]; Gordon Descr. Aberd. 18.
DSL - DOST Golf, n.2 Also: golfe, golph. [ME. golf (14th c., but usually goulf), OF. golfe.] A deep pool or hollow; an abyss. Also fig.
Exalationys or vapouris ... Furth of that dedly golf thrawis in the air; Doug. vi. iv. 10. That ilk pykky layk ... And laithly golf; Ib. x. ii. 140. In golfe of greif I grone; J. Stewart 104/1. They agree to the graue as the ... gate of Hell, so doe they ... by the same figure, to the golfe itselfe; Birnie Kirk-b. xvii. 31. our ... letteris to hir, quhilk hes castin hir in sik a golph of greiff; 1643 Misc. Hist. Soc. I. 118.
DSL - DOST Golf, v. [Imitative.] intr. To grunt or snort. Also golfing vbl. n. ---
Thay come golfand full grim, Mony long-tuthit bore [etc.]; Colk. Sow i. 157. Syne thay war ourthrawin ... For sory swyne for thair golfing affraid; Ib. ii. 179.
DSL - SND1 GOLF, v. ``To champ or snort, as an enraged pig does while rushing along'' (w.Sc. 1887 Jam.).
Fan a tried til stop `e gawt, `e golfed at me.
[Imit. in origin. In O.Sc. a.1500. Cf.