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Oldest Golf Courses

There are several lists of the oldest golf courses. For example The Old Links at Musselburgh is officially recognised by Guinness as the oldest golf course in the world. But the below stated list, inspired by the www.scottishgolfhistory.org, ranks the St Andrews Old Course as the oldest golf course in the world. The first documented rounds of golf here date back to 1552 and since then the course has become the most famous golf course in the world and an absolute must for any golf fan. Criteria: Reference to a date on which play began on the area of the current course. Any part of the current course being within the area played at this date. Continuity of play is disregarded.


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1754 / St. Andrews / The Old Course
1774 / Musselburgh Links - The Old Golf Course
1787 / Elie Links / Elie and Earlsferry
1793 / Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club
1812 / Kinghorn Golf Club
1817 / Scotscraig Golf Club
1818 / Montrose Links / The Medal Course
1823 / Kingsbarns Golf Links
1832 / North Berwick Golf Club - West Links
1835 / Carnoustie Golf Links / The Championship Course
1840 / Gullane Golf Club / Nr. 1
1840 / Gullane Golf Club / Nr. 2
1845 / Monifieth Golf Club / The Medal Course
1846 / Leven Links
1846 / Lundin Golf Club
1851 / Lanark Golf Club
1851 / Prestwick Golf Club
1856 / Dunbar Golf Club - East Links
1856 / Pau Golf Club
1857 / Royal Curragh Golf Club
1860 / North Inch Golf Course
1864 / Royal North Devon Golf Club
1865 / Bramshaw Golf Club / The Forest Course
1865 / Haddington Golf Club
1865 / Wimbledon Common Golf Club
1869 / Royal Liverpool Golf Club
1873 / Oxford Golf Club

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