This talk will explore some of the less well-known aspects of golfing's past and ask questions such as: What is the relationship between a packet of seeds and the figure on the Ryder Cup? What is the origin of the phrase ‘the rub of the green’? Why did some caddies carry a flag? What aspect of golf did women pioneer and men follow behind? It will also consider the perennial issue of whether golf was invented in Scotland and look at the darker side of golf heritage. Wray Vamplew is Emeritus Professor of Sports History at the University of Stirling and Visiting Research Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He was co-author of the official history of the Profession Golfer's Association and has written on the history of the golf club as a social organisation, the welfare of caddies, and professional golf as an occupation.