The History of Leith

March 10, 2007

Leith Rules, OK?

Where did it all begin? The very first game of golf was played here, there, everywhere. Claims and counter-claims will persist, for all time.

But with the Leith Rules Golf Society you’re so close to authenticity.

The Society this week are celebrating exactly 263 years from the signing of the earliest rules on Leith Links in 1744.

John Dixon’s antiques warehouse was over – much to the delight of the society’s president Douglas Foulis, a former captain at Muirfield.

“I should tell you I’m not a Leither, I’m from Davidson’s Mains.” And a reminder that membership of the society costs £10.

Other speakers addressing the full house: Archie Baird and Tom Bell. Former Gullane captain Archie’s revelation that golf was banned here in 1592 smacked of political correctness.

Yes it was rife, even in those days.

And committee member Tom announced forthcoming events in this anniversary year with a challenge match at Musselburgh Old on April 28, at home to Bruntsfield short holes July 5 and the Leith Rules Hickory Open July 7.

Rules is rules.


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