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. Some years ago I was asked if I was aware of any evidence of golf being played on Calton Hill. Read more

Gourlay - Featherie Ball Makers

14 December 2015

'A Gourlay' was a byword for a quality featherie golf ball in the first half of the 19th century. There were three generations of Gourlay who made feathery or featherie golf balls[/origin-of-golf-terms/golf-ball-feathery-gutty-haskell/#feathery]up to 1850, when the gutty replaced the feathery. Read more

General Alexander Mackenzie Fraser

6 October 2015

Lieutenant General Alexander Mackenzie Fraser (1758 - 1809) was not a man who let war get in the way of playing golf. He served in almost every contemporary theatre of war and still found time for a family life, politics and playing golf. Read more

Eighteen 18th Century Golf Societies

21 August 2015

There are now eighteen golf societies dating back to before 1800. NLS In the space of one hour last Monday, golf history was re-written in a minor way. Read more

Golf House Tavern Picture Puzzle

14 July 2015

A new picture of the Golf House Tavern[/oldest-golf-sites/1711-bruntsfield-links/oldest-golf-clubhouse-wrights-houses/] has been found, but the source is unknown and it is printed the wrong way round! On page 75 of 'Historic South Edinburgh' Vol 1 by Charles J Smith, there is a picture of the south end of Wright's Houses, now redeveloped and... Read more

How many Golf Holes are there in the World? Answer 576,534

18 April 2015

Thanks to a report just published by the R&A we now know that there are *576,534* golf holes in the world. However, given that there are 696 new developments in planning or construction, this number is already out-of-date. Read more

We Are Not Amused - Victorian Golf Jokes

13 March 2015

How the Victorians invented bad golf jokes. Queen Victoria went into mourning after the death of her husband, Prince Albert, and acquired the reputation for creating a funereal atmosphere around her. Read more

Early Edinburgh Golf History - Leith Links and Bruntsfield Links

18 February 2015

Golf history in Edinburgh is much more extensive and important than generally supposed. First Mention of Golf The first documented mention of the word 'golf'[/origin-of-golf-terms/golf/] is in Edinburgh on 6th March 1457, when King James II banned 'ye golf' in an attempt to encourage archery practice. Read more

How to Design Your Own Tom Morris Golf Course

6 February 2015

Old Tom Morris reported to Mr Hope of Luffness[/18-x-18-oldest-18-hole-courses/1872-old-luffness-luffness-new-gullane-2/] that he often had differences of opinions with the R&A committees over what constituted good golf course design and like all golf course architects, considered their ideas amateurish and unsuitable. Read more

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