You can read the original rules as preserved by the Leith
Links Rules of Golf Society by
Mary, Queen of Scots probably played
here, and it is known that James VII and
Charles I enjoyed games at Leith.
The Gentlemen Golfers of Leith were established in
the early 18th century. The name was then changed to The
Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers and they spent almost
100 years on Leith Links. In 1836, they moved to Musselburgh,
and in 1892 moved to Muirfield, where they owned their
own clubhouse and course for the first time. Muirfield is
now a well known championship golf course.
The first known international golf match was played at
Leith Links between two Scotsmen (the Duke of York, who was the brother of the King Charles II and
who would succeed him as James VII of Scotland / II of
England and who was then in residence in Edinburgh as the King’s
Commissioner at Holyroodhouse and a local golfing cobbler versus two English noblemen who were
challenging them about whether golf originated in England or
Scotland - they challenged the Duke to a game of golf to
settle the dispute - the Scots won and the cobbler used the
winnings to buy a building which was called "Golfers Land" -
you can still see a plaque at the
location or online by
clicking here !
To find the location of the Golfer's Land plaque on
Edinburgh and East Lothian have a large number of
excellent hotels and guest houses.