by Phillip G. Goff, GGFA DNA Project Manager
From the column “Sporting Notions,” in the 12 May 1927 issue of The Bulletin, published in NSW, Australia:
More on this topic can be found in an informative blog at https://blog.oup.com/2011/07/golf/. The blog is very detailed, but implies that the pronunciation as “gulf” in Scotland came before “gof” in England. Another variant is “goaf.”
Phillip Goff is the co-author, along with Roy L. Lockhart, of The Four Goff Brothers of Western Virginia. Since 2004, he has run the Goff/Gough Surname DNA Study, which today has over 100 participants.