As in the other three club and ball games crosse, golf and mail, also the Flemish/Netherlandish game of colf was probably played with bent wooden clubs. However, already in the 15th century, clubs were made of wooden shafts with iron club heads. During the centuries, clubmakers continued to improve the quality of the clubs. Please click here to find out more about the constant development of clubs for colf.

Jeu de mail was played in Italy already in the 15th century. The game deceased on a day in 1939, when the last player returned home sadly from the mail field, because there were no playing partners anymore.
It is not known how the early mail clubs looked like. The first pictures and descriptions of the clubs show that they were rather different from the clubs, used in the kindred games colf, crosse and golf.
Click here to find out what has been discovered about the clubs, once handled by kings & commoners.

As in most ancient club and ball games, the oldest sticks to hit a ball had a curved end at one side.
In the course of the centuries, the design of the clubs changed. Click to see how the crosse clubs developed, especially during the last century. ,.

During the last few decades, Netherlandish archaeologists have excavated several colf balls, colf clubs and colf club heads. Most of these findings have never been researched or published.
Click here to get to know more about the wooden colf balls.

As long as the game of jeu de mail existed, the game was played with a wooden ball. Unlike colfers and golfers, mail players were never tempted to switch to ‘hairy’, feathery’ of synthetic balls.
Click here to get to know more about the long lasting use of wooden mail balls.

Kort geleden werd een zogenaamde ‘Schotse kliek’ opgegraven uit een waterput in Leiden. De kliek kon archeologisch gedateerd worden in de periode 1650-1750.
De gevonden kliek is tot dusver de enige vondst van een Schotse kliek in het Nederlandse colfgebied.
De kliek is gemaakt in Nederland. Lees op de site van het NGA Early Golf Webmuseum. alles over deze vondst. En als u dan toch in het Webmuseum bent, neem dan even de tijd om door de virtuele zalen te dwalen en u te laten verrassen door de rijke collectie waar menig museum jaloers op zal zijn. Bovendien: het is gratis en dat 24 uur per dag!

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We wish you a Happy New Year

Geert & Sara Nijs, authors of the trilogy “Games for Kings & Commoners”,
now researching Jeu de mail

In our previous post, we have seen what has been written about the Scottish hole in golf.
This time we will show you what has been written, and especially painted about the hole used in Netherlandish colf.

Scotland is attacked mainly by English speaking historians on the origin of the Scottish game of golf. Some Scottish historians react to these allegations by stating that the game of golf as it is played today, has its origin in Scotland. Other historians however deny any ‘foreign’ claim on the origin of golf.
These Scottish Cause historians have chosen the hole as the main line of defence against the so-called allegations from ‘the Continent’. The hole, the target in golf, is put forward as the indisputable feature of golf, unique and invented in Scotland, the major difference between golf and all other stick and ball games.

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Sketch after an illumination in a Flemish Book of Hours from c.1530, attributed to the Fleming Simon Bening (1483-1561). It is one of the oldest depictions of a target used in an ancient colf game. One of the players is sitting on his knees, putting towards a hole. – By courtesy of David Stirk

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Al meer dan 100 jaar worden er – voornamelijk door de Schotten – discussies gevoerd over het begin van het golfspel. Volgens vele Schotse schrijvers is er geen twijfel mogelijk: golf is ontstaan in Schotland.
De laatste decennia claimen meer en meer Nederlandse schrijvers dat het golfspel van Nederlandse oorsprong is. Deze gedachtegang is onder meer gebaseerd op documenten die aan zouden geven dat in 1297 in Loenen a/d Vecht golf werd gespeeld en dat de eerste informatie over het Nederlandse golf in 1545 werd geschreven door Pieter van Afferden.
Klik hier om te lezen op welke informatie het ‘Nederlanderschap’ van golf is gebaseerd.

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