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: 15 September 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.  


Richard Ellis. We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of our good friend, supporter and mentor, Richard Ellis. Richard joined the Society in 2008 and a recent move to Lincoln did not dampen his enthusiasm for us. We could catalogue all the areas he was involved in, Committee member, Statue donor, in the winning team at Royal Burgess last year, player in our team for many matches, supporter of our hickory events and outings, etc, but that does not come close to describing his value to the Society. His friendly manner allied to wise words helped us immensely over the last few years. We will all deeply miss him, but that is nothing compared to the loss suffered by his family. Our sympathy and thoughts are with them.

A memorial service to celebrate Richard's life will take place on Friday 14th September at 3 pm in Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh (EH1 2QQ). Afternoon tea will be served afterwards.

An obituary was recently carried in The Herald newspaper (External link)


Golf @ Leith Links July 4th to 7th July ....
Our events have now ended for the year. See our Events page for details


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 was held at Malmaison Hotel in the heart of Leith [More].


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


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