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   Oldest Golf Course-world record set by Musselburgh Links
 
 MUSSELBURGH, Scotland, UK -- The Old Links at Musselburgh was originally seven holes and documentary evidence shows that golf was played here in 1672-which sets the world record for the Oldest Golf Course.  

   The Old Links at Musselburgh was originally seven holes, with another added in 1838 and the full nine-holes came into play in 1870.

  Depute leader of East Lothian Council, Councillor Stuart Currie, said: "This is great news for the golf course and East Lothian in this year of Homecoming. This achievement demonstrates the rich history of golf in our county and why it is such a fantastic place to play, whether you are young or old, or from near or far."

   
Secretary of the Musselburgh Old Course Golf Club Robin McGregor added, "We are thrilled The Old Course is starting to receive the attention it richly deserves."

  
The Oldest Golf Course, which is managed by SportPlus on behalf of East Lothian Council, has always had a renowned history and heritage with the game of golf.

  
Authenticating the record is the documentary evidence found in the Account Book of Sir John Foulis of Ravelston.

   
Amongst many of his entries relating to golf, the following dated 2nd March 1672 validates Musselburgh Links' record:
   2 March 1672
   For 3 golfe balls - 0 152 0
   Lost at golfe at Musselburgh wt Gosfoord, Lyon etc, - 3 05 0
   For a horse htyre thither, - 0 18 0

   ... This passage is referenced in the "The Golf Book Of East Lothian", compiled and documented by John Kerr, M.A, F.R.S.E, F.S.A.Scot, the Minister of Direlton, published in 1896.

   Initially a seven hole course until the eight and ninth were added in 1838 and 1870, Musselburgh Links was an original Open Championship Venue, hosting the competition on six occasions between 1874 and 1889.

   It was also home to a number of golfing heroes including Willie Dunn, (who won the first unofficial US Open in 1894), famed feather ball maker John Gourlay and John Carey (known as Fiery) one of the most famous caddies in the history of golf.
  
   Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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