Useful Links


Many of the courses listed ere are within an hour's driving of Edinburgh, which is a good base for visiting Scotland. However, for courses in north or south west, it is advisable to stay locally.

Visit ScotlandLocal events, tours, shopping and other accommodation are available from Visit Scotland - Edinburgh and Lothian's official website.

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The British Golf Collectors Society is the golf club for those interested in collecting golf memorabilia and researching golf history. It arranges golf matches and meetings, particularly hickory competitions, and trade events. Though based in UK, it has thousands of members from all over the world. 

They publish a quarterly magazine call Through The Green on matters of golf history, which can be accessed via their website.  The website also contains links to businesses in golf memorabilia including auction houses, museums, sisters clubs, trophies, books and hickory golf clubs. For the sake of convenience the other golf historical society links are copied here.

US Golf Collectors Society
Golf Historical Society of Canada
European Association of Golf Historians and Collectors
Golf Society of Australia
Australian Golf Heritage Society

See also the Society of Hickory Golfers in USA below.

There is now a China Golf Collectors Society. It has no website yet, but it can be contacted through the link to the BGCS, which has details of 2016 contacts.


Scottish Golf Club websites 1735 - 1885 and those researched or referenced in this website are listed here

Golf Club websites for the rest of the world 1776 - 1885 and those researched or referenced in this website are listed here.

Golf's Missing Links

Golf's Missing Links provides details of hundreds of golf courses in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales which no longer exist.

Leith Rule Golf Society logoThe Leith Rules Golf Society main aim is to increase the recognition of Leith Links as the home of the earliest recorded rules of golf and one of the game's prominent early locations. It is currently raising funds for a commemorative statue to Dr John Rattray.

Society of Hickory Golfers crestThe Society of Hickory Golfers in USA, whose mission is to promote and encourage the playing of hickory golf, was formed 15 years ago. The operate an extensive website with information on hickory lay and handicaps and produce a bi-annual publication on golf history. 

British Golf Museam logoThe British Golf Museum tells the story of British golf, through material dating from the 17th century to the present day. It is located in Golf Place, opposite the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. Check website for free entry days.


The National Library of Scotland (Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba)  has published online details of key documents which it holds. 


For those who want to go beyond the brief history of handicapping terms outlined here and the origins of the system developed by the LGU, there is a four part history at USGA website and multiple articles on Pope of Slope on how it was developed and applied in USA.

Historical Rules of Golf Pages

The Historical Rules of Golf Pages shows the development of golf rules from the rules of 18th century clubs at Leith, St Andrews, Bruntsfield, Aberdeen and Crail, as well and 19th century rules of these and other prominent Golf Clubs. It also includes all the Rules issued since the formation of the first R&A Rules of Golf Committee in 1897.

North Berwick

The History of Golf at North Berwick is reliable source of information of golf in the area. See the 'Origins of Golf' in Index.

Donald Ford logoPictures and photographs including calendars and books featuring most of the courses on this website can be obtained from Donald Ford Images, based in Carnoustie.

WGM LogoWomen's Golf Museum website has additional information on its collection, but the main part of the memorabilia is in the British Golf Museum (see above) and the documentation, books and photographs, is in the care of the University of St Andrew's.

Doctors of Game

Doctors of the Game is a new publication by Billy Dettlaff, covering the history of the golf professional, particularly the early golf professionals in the USA.

Many of the early American professionals came from Carnoustie.

 Golf Services

LGG logo square 190Let's Get Golfing is a new concept in golf websites, to produce a single web site where you can find out everything you need to know about golf from where to start for beginners, to advice on how to turn professional for elite youngsters.

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