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: 16 September 2017

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.


Our next major fund-raising event for the Statue fund is taking shape ....
Following on from the success of our Muirfield event in 2015, we are holding
a similar day's golf at Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh on Thursday 5th October 2017. Please click here for the Information Leaflet and Entry Form.


Rattray takes shape at Powderhall Bronze ....
Thanks to our generous donors, the casting of Rattray in bronze with its supporting plinth is now well underway at Powderhall Bronze Foundry in Edinburgh.  A small group of committee members and donors visited 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.


Our 2017 events so far
Please click here for information


John Rattray Challenge Competition
This brand new event involves local golf clubs participating in a qualifying event, with the final being played at Dalmahoy Golf & Country Club.
More information 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