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Oldest Golf Clubs and Courses in America Part II

1 January 2015

Since publishing details of the oldest golf clubs in North America[/news/oldest-golf-clubs-courses-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

12 Things we didn't know 12 years ago

20 December 2014

Scottish Golf History began 12 years ago and new facts have emerged during that period. Below are some of them. Read more

The Albatross has landed ... and taken off again

6 December 2014

A Mystery is (not) Solved One of the consequences of publishing this website is that, from time to time, people get in contact with pieces of new information, and one such occurred earlier this year when I was notified of a story on the origin of the ‘albatross’ published in Golf... Read more

On the Dating of Golf Societies

6 October 2014

It is generally accepted that these four clubs are the four oldest golf clubs, but the order of their seniority would appear to require some rearrangement. Read more

Men and Women Only Golf Clubs

31 August 2014

An overview of the position of historic men and women clubs Golf has come along way since the beginning of last century, when Joyce Wethered,[/early-womens-golf/womens-golf-the-fashion-pages/#JoyceW] four times winner of the British Ladies Amateur Championship, had to wait for her male playing partner in the car park at Sandwich Golf Club, as... Read more

Golf: By-product of Polder land and Links land

31 July 2014

How golf is a consequence of the Dutch agricultural revolution and the Scottish climate. Most historians now acknowledge that 'colf' in the Netherlands provided some of the elements of golf, brought over to Scotland by merchant traders in early 15th century, if not earlier. Read more

Ryder Cup 2014: The Homecoming of Historic Rivalry II

19 June 2014

On the similarities to the great golfing rivalry between Musselburgh and St Andrews and the history of Gleneagles golf courses. Read more

Ryder Cup 2014: The Homecoming of Historic Rivalry I

6 June 2014

Outline History of the Ryder Cup 1921 and 1926 – A legend is almost not born GB 2 USA 0 When the Ryder Cup is staged at Gleneagles this year, it will be for the second time, although the first time it was held there, in 1921, it was not called the... Read more

Anomolies in the Data

30 April 2014

Some historians fail to pursue their investigations back to source and merely copy information from a more modern source. David Smail 1989 Preswick Golf Club Birthplace of the Open Recorded history is largely the propaganda of the victors, or counter-propaganda of the losers, and thus littered with misleading representations. Read more

Course Closed: Rain and Recession

31 March 2014

What can the lessons of history tell us about the economic future for golf? Prospects for golf in Scotland over the next decade are schizophrenic. Read more

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