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Golf at the Rio Olympics - Esporte ou Farsa?

5 August 2016

One hundred and twenty golfers compete in the Rio Olympics next week. The top 15 male and 15 female golfers automatically qualified to play, subject max 4 from each country. Many commentators branded it a farce when more than half of the top men pulled out citing health grounds, especially as... Read more

A 'New' Reference to 'Golf' in 1460

1 July 2016

This week, a new reference to the word 'golf' was uncovered in a poem dating back to c1460. This is the second oldest reference to 'golf' in the world. It had been overlooked for hundreds of years, as have connections between the poem's author and early bans on 'golf'. Read more

Molesey Hurst and First Golf Trick Shot

12 June 2016

Molesey Hurst in south west London is the site of the first record of a golf match outside Scotland, after which the world's first golf trick shot was performed over the river at David Garrick's villa. It is now possible to provide more details about the event. Read more

Oldest "19th Hole" IV - Gone ... but not Forgotten

26 February 2016

The Scots are somewhat casual about the their golf heritage. Many golf club-houses have disappeared completely and many more are no longer used as club-houses. Read more

Oldest "19th Hole" III - Clubhouses of Oldest Golf Clubs

19 February 2016

Club-houses of oldest golf clubs and early golf club-houses. Read more

Oldest "19th Hole" II - Golf Pubs, Inns and Taverns

12 February 2016

Most golf courses in the world are public.  Only a third belong to private clubs, and this reflects the beginnings of golf when the Links were free to play and hospitality was in a local inn or tavern. Read more

Oldest "19th Hole" I - Historic Clubhouse Buildings

6 February 2016

Most golf clubs have built their own club-houses, but some are older than their clubs or courses. Here are four of the oldest. Read more

Mrs Forman's is No More

26 January 2016

Mrs Forman's hostelry, which has been serving golfers at Musselburgh for almost 200 years has closed and has been converted into houses. Part of the old pub has been demolished. Read more

Daft Willie Gunn

6 January 2016

Caddie Willie Gunn was the most famous caddie at Bruntsfield. He was also the most eccentric and mysterious and as a consequence was known as Daft Willie Gunn. Read more

Golf on Calton Hill

27 December 2015

This could also be titled The Unexpected Christmas Present. Old evidence, recently re-discovered of golf on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. Read more

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