Leith Rules Golf Society
The aim of the Society 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

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Welcome to the Leith Rules Golf Society website

Last update to site: 19 February 2018

The first recorded rules of the game of golf were created by the golfers playing at Leith Links in 1744.  Leith is the famous port of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, the country called the "Home of Golf". The Society seeks to ensure that this important milestone in the history of golf is appropriately recognised today.


Robin Morris
We are very saddened to advise that Robin Morris, who had been ill for some time, passed away on Sunday 4th February.

Robin was one of the founder members of our Society and could truthfully be described as one of our stalwarts. He stepped in as Treasurer at short notice and served in that role for a number of years. He was also a keen supporter of our events, representing the Society in many matches as well as playing in the Hickory Open. He was a winner of the Philip Knowles trophy for the handicap event 4 times, in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. He also had the great distinction of being the first player to record a hole-in-one at one of our events - against Bruntsfield Short Hole in 2017. 

His enthusiasm for Hickory Golf in general and our Society in particular will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time.

The local Edinburgh newspaper carried this article about him.


Rattray cast and ready at Powderhall Bronze .... 
Thanks to our generous donors, the casting of Rattray in bronze is now complete at Powderhall Bronze Foundry in Edinburgh.  A small group of committee members and donors visited early on to see the head and shoulders and the Torso in wax form, one of the first stages in the 12 stage casting programme. Click here for more information.


Celebration of the original signing of the first rules 7th March .... 
Our event this year takes place at Malmaison Hotel in the heart of Leith. Information has been issued to members, please contact us if you have not received this notice or would like further information.


Our 2018 events ....
Please click here for information


John Rattray Challenge Competition
This brand new event involved local golf clubs participating in a qualifying event, with the final played at Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club.
Information and results here


The first rules of golf created by the golfers at Leith in 1744 tell us something about the challenges faced by these early golfers and the society they lived in. View them here.




The Society has made a film about the Original Rules of Golf
Filmmaker John Duncan was commissioned by the Society to create a film about us. To view the film click here.


Become a member of the society ?
Join here. Our membership encompasses much of the world, from Australia, USA, Japan, as well of course from all over Britain.




Background information on the Society
Find out more here