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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Our anniversary party goes with a swing! March 7th 2007

A new initiative in 2007 was to hold a commemorative event to mark the anniversary of the signing of the first recorded written rules on 7th March 1744.

On the day, over 60 guests, including local business people, Society members and friends as well as those concerned with the development of Leith Links responded to the initiative and arrived at Georgian Antiques on the morning of the 7th, the 263rd Anniversary of the signing.

The location is a well-struck drive from the site of the original five holes and a neat pitch away from the old Whyte & Mackay bottling plant, currently the subject of development plans by Teague Developments.

Guests were welcomed by President, Douglas Foulis. 

 

As we sat on an array of fine antique chairs, we toasted the anniversary and also raised a glass to guest Dan Orr who was celebrating his 99th birthday. Dan was brought up playing golf with hickory clubs, and was delighted to see some fine examples on display alongside a replica of the Silver Club – the original trophy for the 1744 tournament on Leith Links held between the Gentlemen Golfers and the City magistrates. 

 

Our President, Douglas Foulis, outlined Leith Links’ claim to a major slice of golfing history then local golf historian Archie Baird arrived with theatrical timing to give more of the history and relate some of his individual golf anecdotes.

 

An excellent event that all attending hoped would be the first of many.
 

     

    Double celebration!
New member Dan Orr, who celebrated his 99th birthday on 7th March.

Dan was brought up playing golf with hickory clubs and was delighted to see some fine examples on display alongside a replica of the original silver club - the trophy for the 1744 tournament.