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 2016 

On a clear frosty night, 20 members and friends of the Society met up for our anniversary celebration of the signing of the first written rules of golf by John Rattray. This year we chose a visit to The Custom House, Leith for a tour and informative guide round the building now under the care of Scottish Historic Buildings Trust (SHBT), followed by a meal at a local restaurant.

 

The fine cupola and impressive double stair are particularly fine features of the building which has an attractive pillared meeting area with break-out rooms off.

        

 

SHBT is undertaking a Consultation on how best to bring the building into useful life, possibly including a museum or display area.  A display of golfing memorabilia and the history of golf on Leith Links could make an eye-catching feature in due course.

 

As the traditional central heating system requires to run at full throttle or not at all, on a quiet Monday, with only ourselves and a fencing class in the large building it was unheated and after a good half hour visit, members were delighted to cross Commercial Street, join another three Society members for an excellent 3-course dinner and thaw out in the warm comfort of Giuliano’s Restaurant.

 

It was a very sociable evening with lots of memories and talk of the forthcoming golf season. 

 

Out thanks go to our Treasurer, David Kay and Committee member, Richard Ellis for organising an excellent and interesting evening.