Golf Magazine First Issue (#2 shown)
Golf magazine was first published 125 years ago. It seems appropriate, while celebrating my own launch, that I quote Golf magazine’s short editorial to their first issue in 1890.
Surely no apology is necessary for bringing before the public a weekly journal devoted to the doings and sayings of golfers, both past and present. The extension of what has been justly termed the National Game of Scotland has made such rapid strides in the last few years, that there is hardly a place of any notoriety in the British Islands, and in India and many of the Colonies, that does not boast of its Golfing Green, either in its immediate vicinity, or, within easy reach; and yet, although it is a game in which more interest is taken than in any other pastime, with the exception perhaps of Cricket and Football, there is at present no journal in existence which makes the “Royal and Ancient” and now popular Game its principal subject of attention.
Our object is to supply this great want. As we cannot possibly clash with any other interest, and as we have been promised the support of many of the “learned and witty” of our golfing brethren, we boldly and unhesitatingly launch our “bonny bark” on that “happy sea” which is now crowded by sailors whose distinguishing feature has been, and we trust may long continue to be, that of “GOOD FELLOWSHIP”.
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