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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AGM 2007

 

 

Once again the weather was not kind to us for an AGM, but 25 members braved the elements to attend, with a further 13 sending apologies. Members renewing for 2007 received a scroll-style copy of the original 13 rules along with their new membership card.

The Secretary, Pat Denzler, reviewed the past 12 months. In particular, thanks were due to local resident Chris Marks for allowing us to reproduce his drawing of the original 5 holes in our 2006 brochure. Reference was made to the visit last May by Peter Lewis, Heritage & Museum Director of the R & A and his view that Leith ’s primary claim to fame lay in its location of the writing of the first Rules of Golf.

 

Treasurer Robin Morris presented the Accounts and reported a surplus for the year, due to the continuing good levels of sponsorship and reduction in some costs. This has allowed us to set aside a further sum for our Special Projects

 

President, Douglas Foulis spoke of the ground swell of support for Leith Rules Golf and the interest shown by members.  He cited the variety of activities we have tried, many of which have worked well, whilst other less successful ventures will be dropped and new ways sought to promote Leith's important Golf connections.

 

2006 events. Reports were given by various committee members. “Nearest the Pin” competition run as part of the Leith Festival Gala Day, opportunities for members of the public to try hickory golf, the 4th Hickory Open and our matches against Musselburgh Old Course

 

Exhibition of Golfing Memorabilia:  Georgian Antiques ran an excellent exhibition of Golf Memorabilia throughout the golfing season continuing as a Festival Fringe Event.  Our continuing thanks go to John Dixon of GA for providing hickory clubs for all our events.

 

2007 events. These were outlined to members and are included in the new membership card.

 

Special Projects. We have continued to investigate the possibility of an appropriate statue in Leith to commemorate the signing of the rules. Also, an historical novel set in Leith featuring the original golfers in 1744 is being considered by author, Lorna Moon. Lorna outlined her current thoughts on this interesting development.

 

We were delighted to have two guests attending both closely involved in new developments in Leith. Bill Cairns of Cairns Intersphere Consulting outlined the importance and significance of Leith Links not only to Golf but also to Cricket, Football and the Allotments.  He is working with others on the new draft Master Plan for the area. Mike Towers of McLaren, Murdoch & Hamilton Chartered Architects - working for Teague Homes - outlined their plans to open the area containing the 2nd green and 3rd tee of the original 1744 course and the memorial cairn, to public access.

 

The existing Committee was re-elected, with the exception of Ina Kruk, who had decided to step down. Ina was thanked for her help and enthusiasm. Lorna Moon was elected as Newsletter editor; there is still one vacant committee position.

 

Very many thanks go to the Leith Franklin Academicals Cricket Club for allowing the Society to hold its AGM in the Clubhouse and their general support for our activities

 

Hill of Tarvit. The AGM was followed by a fascinating presentation by David Anderson on developments at the National Trust Hill of Tarvit property where he is working to bring back into existence the Golf Course dug up in 1939. David confidently hopes to open in 2008.  Excavation has thrown up some very interesting finds and hickory clubs will be used exclusively on the 9-hole course.  Leith Rules Golfers look forward to an opportunity of playing there.