The wildly undulating, sparsely vegetated, sandy fields of Scotland,
between high tide and higher land, are known as the links
or as linksland. Here a game involving a club, a ball, and a distant hole
developed. The unpredictable, undulating terrain added excitement,
while the dramatic surroundings awed players and probably contributed
to their sense of well-being. Together, terrain and surroundings
helped shape the magical game of golf, the game that mirrors life itself.