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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.

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"Golf n.1". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/dost/golf_n_1>

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