"GOLF is a science, the study of a lifetime in which you may exhaust yourself but never your subject."

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GOLF is a science, the study of a lifetime in which you may exhaust yourself but never your subject.

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This is the first line from the “The golfer’s Creed” written in 1899 – here’s the full script

GOLF is a science,
the study of a lifetime in which you may
exhaust yourself but never your subject.
It is a contest, a duel or a melee,
calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control.
It is a test of temper, a trial of honour, and a revealer of character.
It affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman.
It means going into God’s out-of-door, getting close to nature,
fresh air, exercise, a sweeping away of mental cobwebs,
genuine recreation of tired tissues.
It is a cure for care, an antidote to worry.
It includes companionship with friends, social intercourse,
opportunities for courtesy, kindliness and generosity to an opponent.
It promotes not only physical health but moral force.

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About the Author: David R Forgan

David R Forgan
David Robertson Forgan (1856-1931)

David R. Forgan was an internationally renowned banker, a world-class golfer, and a master storyteller.

As well known as David R. Forgan was as a banker, he was equally well known as a golfer. As mentioned above, he was born at St. Andrews, Scotland and his family owned the Forgan Golf Club Company. Growing up in that atmosphere David Forgan took his golf seriously and did not neglect it during his rise in the banking profession. In 1899 he won the first annual western amateur golf championship at the Glenview Country Club.

David R. Forgan is best remembered today as the author of "The Golfer's Creed" which was part of a speech he gave in 1899:

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