Scottish Golf 1457 to 2057 - The End of Golf is Nigh!?

27 January 2018

Will Scottish golf still be around in 50 years time? There are recent reports of a sharp decline in golf club members, serious erosion of historic links courses and surveys showing that people think golf is the most boring sport in the world. Does golf here have a long term future? Read more

Oldest Leather Stitched Ball in the World

31 December 2017

Lying in a 'dusty' corner of a museum in Stirling is one of the most important artefacts in sporting history. It is an old ball with the identical construction to later feathery golf balls. It has been dated to 1514-1570 making it the oldest of its type in the world. Read more

Chuiwan 捶丸 - Coincidence or Espionage?

15 December 2017

Chuiwan or Chui Wan ( 捶丸) was an ancient 13th century royal bat and ball game played in China which had similarities to putting in golf and an etiquette similar to that of golf. Is this just a strange coincidence or the product of industrial espionage? Read more

Golf is the most Scottish thing about Scotland

1 December 2017

Golf is more Scottish than Scotland, St Andrew, tartan, whisky, the Saltire, bagpipes, kilts, haggis or the Highland Games (but not Nessie). Read more

John Mayne - First Golf-Club Maker?

24 November 2017

William Mayne's grandfather was a bow-maker who supplied clubs to King James IV. Was he a golf-club maker? Read more

The Hutton Letter - Golf at Kinghorn 1812

9 October 2017

A recently discovered letter written by John Hutton to Alexander Orrock at Wemyss in 1812 records that golf was being played on Kinghorn Links in the early 19th century and probably for some time before that. The Links land was owned by the Shanks family of Castlerig, a title which goes... Read more

The Bower Burgesses of Edinburgh

12 April 2017

New research for this website shows that there are direct connections between William Mayne, his Majesty's bower in 1603, and the golf-club makers of the early 20th century in Edinburgh. Read more

Right Royal Company - the Archers and the Golfers

10 April 2017

The close connections between the Royal Company of Archers and the early Leith Golfers are well known. Recent research has now shown that there were also strong connections with the golfers at Bruntsfield for over a hundred years. Read more

Two New Golf Club Makers in 17th Century

4 April 2017

Two new 17th century golf club makers have just been discovered. They are John Elder and Patrick Fyfe. That brings the total number of confirmed club makers pre-1700 to 7! Read more

Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf III

3 April 2017

Below is the outline of chapters 5 to 8 of Bruntsfield Links - Home of Club Golf. Read more

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