Today* in Wikipedia finds: "The modern game (of golf) originated in Scotland, where the first written record of golf is James II's banning of the game in 1457 as an unwelcome distraction to learning archery. James IV lifted the ban in 1502 when he became a golfer himself."
And Etymology.com adds this historic quote, re: golf: "That in na place of the realme thair be vsit fut-ballis, golf, or vther sic unprofitabill sportis."
I COULD NOT AGREE MORE.
*Yesterday I learned that during World War I some Europeans drank a coffee substitute made from roasted and ground garbanzo beans.