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Golf-ball, n. Also: goulfe-, gouff-, gowffe-, goiff-, gof-ball; golf-, goif-baw, gouff ba. [Golf n.1] The ball used in playing golf. (a) Ye will remember to bring with yow ane dossen of commoun golf ballis; 1585 Waus Corr. II. 341.
Ane dosan of golf ballis; 1601 Treas. Acc. MS. 81.
He sauld twa of the golf ballis to Thomas Urquhart; 1637 Banff Ann. I. 78.
(b) xxxij gouf ballis; 1598 Edinb. Test. XXXI. 322.
I will bring with me … cannone billetts … brokkin lyke goulfe balls vpoune the castelle; 1614 Crim. Trials III. 289.
Ane nomber of gowffe ballis; 1629 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III. 174.
The said day [the council] grants licence … to John Dickson of making gouff balls within this burgh; 1642 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 286.
Bid him send you a dussen … of good gowffe balls; 1664 Carstairs Lett. 110.
Pila clavaria, a goulfe ball; Wedderb. Voc. (J).
(c) Thrie goiff ballis at iiij s iiij d the peice; 1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 160.
Fyve scoir tuell flok goiff ballis; 1612 Ib. XLVII. 123 b.
Jhone Allan, … convict for setting ane goiff ball in the kirk yeard, and striking the same against the kirk; 1613 Misc. Spald. C. V. 89.
Twa dussane and ane half of gof balls; 1646 Edinb. Test. LXII. 10 b.
(d) Three dossoun and thre goif bawis; 1545 Aberd. B. Rec. XIX. (J).
Thre dosan of golf bawis, price thairof xxiij s.; 1568 Edinb. Test. I. 153.
A lether pock with some gouff baes; 1685 Soc. Ant. LVIII. 356.

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