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September 13, 2008

West of Scotland Golf

The first twelve British Open Golf Championships were held at the Prestwick Club in Ayrshire in the south west of Scotland from 1860 onwards. 

Almost adjacent to the old Prestwick Club is the Championship Course of “Royal Troon” which is one of several courses of varying degrees of difficulty in and about the town of Troon. Winners of the British Open at Troon include Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Tom Watson, Mark Calcavecchia and Justin Leonard.

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September 13, 2008

East of Scotland Golf

St Andrews Old Course

Over to the east is Carnoustie, another British Open venue where the first record of golf being played was in 1650. The first formal course there was formed in 1842 and over the years this links course, with the wind blowing off the North Sea, has tested the greatest talents in world golf. Carnoustie was the scene of the great Ben Hogan’s only British Open success in 1953, the year he also won the US Masters and the US Open. More recent winners of the Open at Carnoustie are Gary Player and, in 1999, Scotland’s own Paul Lawrie.Muirfield, venue of the British Open Championship in 2002, and home of the ‘Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers,’ the oldest golf club in the world, is situated just east of Edinburgh. The Honourable Company originally played at Leith Links in Edinburgh, then at Musselburgh situated between the Capital and Muirfield, and actually devised the first set of rules for the game in the year 1744. In recent history, British Open winners at Muirfield include Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo (twice) and in 2002, Ernie Els.

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May 8, 2008

Tailor Made Golf Tours

St Andrews Old Course

For golfers Scotland is a homecoming. The earliest reference to golf in Scotland is probably King James II’s decree in the year 1457 that “the futeball and golfe be utterly cryed down and not to be used.”

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