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: 12 June 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.


14th Hickory Open Saturday 9th July
Click here for an entry form, or contact us for more information


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



Foulis Medal Friday 8th July
Our annual competition for Leith-based organisations will he held at Leith Links on Friday 8th July. Please contact us to enter or for more information.


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.


Match versus Musselburgh Old
Our annual match with Musselburgh Old at their famous course was held on 28th May. How did we get on?
Read all about it here!


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.



"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)


Background information on the Society
Find out more here

January 2016
June 2015
January 2015
July 2014
February 2014
January 2013
July 2012

November 2011
January 2011
January 2010
July 2009
May 2008
November 2007
March 2007

  Society commemorative tie
We have available for purchase a quality commemorative society tie