1721
Earliest reference to golf at Glasgow Green, the first course played in the west of Scotland.

1724
"A solemn match of golf" between Alexander Elphinstone and Captain John Porteous becomes the first match reported in a newspaper. Elphinstone fights and wins a duel on the same ground in 1729.

1743
Thomas Mathison's epic The Goff is the first literary effort devoted to golf.

1744
The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers is formed, playing at Leith links. It is the first golf club.

Company of Edinburgh Golfers

The City of Edinburgh pays for a Silver Cup to be awarded to the annual champion in an open competition played at Leith. John Rattray is the first champion.

Edinburgh Course



1754
Golfers at St. Andrews purchase a Silver Cup for an open championship played on the Old Course. Bailie William Landale is the first champion.

The first codified Rules of Golf published by the St. Andrews Golfers (later the Royal & Ancient Golf Club).

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