Every year, Scotland welcomes eager golfing enthusiasts from afar, each exploding in anticipation to play some of the most iconic courses in the world. So more than a native sport, golf in Scotland and golf in the world share a sacred and unbreakable bond. After all, this bonnie land is the birthplace of sport.
It’s quite spectacular to think that if you rewind time and see Scotland centuries ago (particularly the 15th century), golf will still be ingrained into Scottish social psychology. Although the sport was banned in 1457 – but it was considered an undesirable distraction – enthusiasts were excited when it was raised to around 1503. That same year, King James IV was arrested when buying the first club: ‘and the ball for the king he played with’.
The history of golf in Scotland
History alone explains why golf is Scotland’s official legal sport. Look at Musselburgh Links, The Old Golf Course. This legendary course, located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is organized as both the oldest golf course in the world and the oldest golf course to be played continuously.
In 1567, Mary, Queen of Scots is said to have played a round there, while records also show that golfers have been serving since 1672. Not only are these nine 34-hole holes organized six Opens, but it has left an invaluable contribution to the game’s rules.
Musselburgh Links created the 108mm or ‘four and a quarter’ diameter rule for the equipment used to create the width of the hole. R & A followed in 1893 and made it a mandatory measure for all courses.
Speaking of the rules, the oldest golf rules were founded in 1744 for the Honorable Company Of Edinburgh Golfers, the oldest organized golf club that can be verified there, in the first tournament. Their fairies in Leith. The oldest of the four major golf championships, the first open championship was held in Scotland at Prestwick Golf Club in 1860.
However, Scotland’s relationship with golf is not limited to ancient courses, historical plays or regulations. Course architecture, professional players and the weather are also of great significance.