This evening, my blog theme is golf which it could be argued is part of the fabric of life in Scotland. The game originated along the east coast of Scotland on ‘links’ ground which is a sort of no-mans-land close to the coast comprising mainly sandy surface unsuitable for farming but, when combined with undulating contours, proved ideal for the sport of golf.

There is no documented history of golf but it may well have originated around St. Andrews as far back as the 12th or 13th centuries. The game was certainly established by 1457 as in that year King James II passed legislation to ban it!  Rules and clubs began to emerge in the 18th century with the first documented club being the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith established in 1744. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews gradually assumed ascendancy in the 19th century and was responsible for codifying the rules in 1897.

Today, golf is played all over the world. In Scotland the premier courses include: Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Musselburgh, North Berwick, Prestwick, Royal Aberdeen, Machrihanish, Royal Troon, Turnberry and Royal Dornoch. In July 2010 the British Open will be held at St. Andrew’s Old Course.

Moving now to other matters which occupied my attention today:

  • More work on finalising minutiae of a lengthy self-drive tour of he British Isles.
  • Responded to two new tour enquiries, which appear quite promising.
  • Met with another tour operator with aim of advising on in-bound tours of Scotland from the Far East. In effect I was providing a consultancy type function which is, perphaps, something I could consider extending in light of the extensive knowledge I have acquied over the past 6 years or so in this niche area.
  • Posted information on Tillotson family history to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog. An unsual name.
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