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: 29 April 2017

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.


John Rattray Statue Project on Leith Links
Click here for  the latest update


Sad News
We are sorry to advise that Evelyn Hislop has died. Her funeral will be at Seafield on 5th May at 2pm.

Many of you will remember Evelyn as one of the ladies who supported us when we used Leith Franklin Cricket Pavilion as our base for events at the Links. Her moniker of "Mrs Pie and Beans" was richly deserved! Her smiling face, warmth and yes - her cheeky comments to all of us - was a big factor in making us feel at home. She will be very much missed by everyone associated with sport on the Links.


Earlier this year we had to intimate the death of Lionel Freedman, one of our founder members and the person who almost single-handidly developed the World Hickory Open event. Here is a link to a press article.


And of course, in December 2016 our President, Douglas Foulis, died. Please click here for our tribute to him. The Scotsman newspaper has published his obituary here.


The Society has made a film about the Original Rules of Golf
Filmmaker John Duncan was commissioned by the Society to create a film about us. To view the film click here.


Celebration of 7th March. Our annual celebration of the signing of the first rules of golf was held on 7th March at Malmaison Hotel in the heart of Leith. Click here for a brief report and pictures


Our AGM. To start off 2017 our AGM was held at Seafield Bowling Club on Tuesday 24th January. An important milestone for the Society was the appointment of John Dixon as our President to succeed Douglas Foulis. Click here for the meeting.


Our 2017 golfing events
Please click here for information


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.



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.


Background information on the Society
Find out more 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)

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


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