Golfers at St. Andrews
Golfers at St. Andrews

1759
Earliest reference to stroke-play, at St. Andrews. Previously, all play was match.

1764
The competition for the Silver Club at Leith is restricted to members of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

The first four holes at St. Andrews are combined into two, reducing the round from twenty-two holes (11 out and in) to 18 (nine out and in). St. Andrews is the first 18-hole golf course, and sets the standard for future courses.

1766
The Blackheath Club becomes the first golf club formed outside of Scotland.



1767
The score of 94 returned by James Durham at St. Andrews in the Silver Cup competition sets a record unbroken for 86 years.

1768
The Golf House at Leith is erected. It is the first golf clubhouse.

1773
Competition at St. Andrews is restricted to members of the Leith and St. Andrews societies.

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh is formed.

1774
Thomas McMillan offers a Silver Cup for competition at Musselburgh. He wins the first championship.

The first part-time golf course professional (at the time also the greenkeeper) is hired, by the Edinburgh Burgess Society.

1780
The Aberdeen Golf Club (later Royal Aberdeen) is formed.

1783
A Silver Club is offered for competition at Glasgow.

1786
The South Carolina Golf Club is formed in Charleston, the first golf club outside of the United Kingdom.

The Crail Golfing Society is formed.

The first Golf Club outside the United Kingdom
The first Golf Club outside the United Kingdom

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