In the first centuries in which golf was played, people played only or mainly in the winter season. In the 16th and 17th centuries, there was a climate change. Winters became extremely cold; this period is called the ‘Little Ice Age’. During these winters playing games on land was hardly possible. The Scots invented an ice game called curling in which people threw stones over the ice to a target. Several paintings exist of people playing this game.
But what about golfers? Where did they play their game? For more question marks see ‘The Little Ice Age in Scotland’.