According to Shooting 90, the best golf balls for beginners are range balls. These are rented by the bucket at a practice range. The best balls have a two-piece design for less spin and greater distance. Many beginners lose multiple balls on the course, so the ideal cost is a dollar per ball in 2014, with Callaway Supersoft, TaylorMade Burner and Wilson Staff Duo fitting this criteria.
Golf traces its roots back to a Roman game called paganica, first played around 100 B.C. Players used a bent stick to hit a stuffed leather ball. Games similar to golf that involved multiple clubs and a ball were played in China between 960 and 1279 A.D., during the Song Dynasty.
Modern golf is traditionally traced to 15th century Scotland. It was banned, along with European football, in 1457 by decree of James II, King of Scotland. The two sports were interfering with archery practice, which was needed for national defense.
The first known reference to golf being played in the United States is in 1729 at the mansion of the Governor of Massachusetts, William Burnet. In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted that golf would return to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.