does not stand for "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden". It is a Scots word mentioned in 1457 in reference to the game. Possible cognates are Scots _gowf_="to strike", Dutch _kolf_="club for striking balls", Swedish _kolf_="butt-end", and Old Icelandic _kolfr_="bolt". The postulated Proto-Germanic root is *_kulb-_. The English word "club" comes from the possibly related Proto-Germanic *_klumbon_="heavy stick".
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