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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Welcome to the Leith Rules Golf Society website

Last update to site: 11 March 2016

The first recorded rules of the game of golf were created by the golfers playing at Leith Links in 1744.  Leith is the famous port of Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, the country called the "Home of Golf". The Society seeks to ensure that this important milestone in the history of golf is appropriately recognised today.


2015 saw a major step forward with our fund-raising for the Rattray statue at Leith Links. We now begin to look forward to 2016, when we hope to cement our plans even further, plus of course continue with our many regular events.


The Muirfield event in October was the largest to date for our major project to fund a Statue of John Rattray in a suitable setting on Leith Links. Rattray was Captain of Golf at the Links and signatory to these first rules, winning the Open competition in 1744, 1745 and 1751. Please click on the image of the statue to find out more.


7th March celebration
Our annual celebration this year was a visit to the Leith Customs House followed by dinner at Giuliano’s Restaurant close by in Commercial Street. [more]  


John Rattray Statue Project on Leith Links
Fund-raising continues for this exceptional project for both golf and Leith. Read all about the Statue Project here



The evening starts at 7pm, the cost is £25.  Information has been issued to Members, though the evening is open to others, if you would like further details please contact us


Become a member of the society ?
Join here. Our membership encompasses much of the world, from Australia, USA, Japan, as well of course from all over Britain.



"The Gowffer's Tattle"
The current edition of our Newsletter is available to download here. (PDF Format). Copies of all editions are available for download (each is a PDF file)


The first rules of golf created by the golfers at Leith in 1744 tell us something about the challenges faced by these early golfers and the society they lived in. View them here.

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Background information on the Society
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Society commemorative tie

We have available for purchase a quality commemorative society tie