I'm not sure who came up with this idea, or when, for that matter. Perhaps it was in Scotland way back in the beginning, especially for someone who didn't want to lose their balls. Or was it Mawmaw, herself?
I don't know! All I know is that we all played it growing up. It was in the back yard by ourselves, or in the front yard with a group. The whole family played together.... Mawmaw, Pawpaw, aunts, uncles, cousins, people we called family but were not "blood." It was inexpensive fun.
You can make it as easy or elaborate as you want. All you need is golf clubs, balls, and a cup for each "hole." No pins needed.
I would suggest using cups that you don't want to keep pretty because they always get chipped.
Set a start place and set a cup where you want the hole to be. Set up an entire course of nine or seventy... what ever you want. Make a big event out of it... It's fun!!