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 2013 

Members and friends gathered at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society "Vaults" right in the heart of Leith to celebrate the 269th anniversary of the signing of the original rules of golf.

Our guest speaker was Henry Fairweather, a member at Muirfield and Chair of the Muirfield Organising Committee for this year’s Open Championship. After an excellent meal, Brian Graham, our Society Secretary, invited him to speak to us.

Henry talked about how the first "Open" in 1744 had attracted 14 players, through to 2013 when over 2,000 players will seek to win the Claret jug.


As well as providing a course fit for the championship, he explained that the main purposes of the committee were to look after the interests of Muirfield, to support the R&A in the provision of some 800 marshals, scorers, and with the more mundane, but no less important, tasks like litter collection.


The way the course will play depends to a great degree on the weather, something not even the R&A can organise! Given decent conditions, Henry expects a fair test of golf.


His personal objective is to be better organised than in 1876, when the committee forgot to book tee-times for the players, so they had to take their places in the queue! Imagine Rory, Tiger, Phil etc having to do that this year?


He was asked who was going to win, an opportunity to improve our Society finances if we were privy to such information. Sadly, he was keeping that information close to his chest!