Bandy-ball, cambuc, or goff (the game so well
known to-day by
the name of
golf), is of great antiquity, and was a special favourite at Solvamhall
Sir Hugh de Fortibus was himself a master of the game, and he
once proposed this question.
They had nine holes, 300, 250, 200, 325, 275, 350,
If a man could always strike the ball in a
straight line and send it exactly one of two distances, so that it
either go towards the hole, pass over it, or drop into it, what would
two distances be that would carry him in the least number of strokes
round the whole course?
"Beshrew me," Sir Hugh would say, "if I know any
who could do
it in this
perfect way; albeit, the point is a pretty one."
Two very good distances are 125 and 75, which
carry you round
strokes, but this is not the correct answer.
Can the reader get round
fewer strokes with two other distances?