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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March 7th 2011 

Members and friends attended our celebration of the 267th anniversary of the signing of the original rules at the Heritage of Golf Museum in the East Lothian town of Gullane. The museum was opened in 1980 by Ben Crenshaw, well-known for his interest in the history of golf and is privately owned by Archie Baird, one of the founding members of our Society.

The museum is a veritable treasure-trove of golfing memorabilia and we can thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the vicinity.


Archie started his tour by outlining the facts that indicate that golf originated in the Netherlands, though the development of the game took off in Scotland due to the better facilities available here.

There are simply too many exhibits to describe in detail here, the early clubs (including some experimental failures), feathery and gutty balls, an early bag stand and a flag from the Masters at Augusta signed by Ben Crenshaw.


At lunch in the Gullane clubhouse, society secretary, Brian Graham, welcomed members and guests to our annual celebration.




Archie Baird and society Secretary Brian Graham








Is this Powakaddy's first prototype model? (Not quite sure where the battery compartment goes though?)