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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

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. 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. Read more

Golf House Tavern Picture Puzzle

14 July 2015

A new picture of the Golf House Tavern has been found, but the source is unknown and it is printed the wrong way round! 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 However, given that there are 696 new developments in planning or construction, this number is already out-of-date.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. 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. Read more

How to Design Your Own Tom Morris Golf Course

6 February 2015

Old Tom Morris reported to Mr Hope of Luffness 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

Oldest Golf Clubs and Courses in America Part II

1 January 2015

Since publishing details of the oldest golf clubs in North America, further research has produced more candidates for inclusion on the list of early golf clubs in USA; a new candidate for America's first golfer; and an earlier date for the importation of golf clubs in America.  Read more

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