The first known rules of golf were drawn up in 1744 in Edinburgh for the world's first open golf competition at Leith by the Gentlemen Golfers of Edinburgh, who became The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. In the nineteenth century, the rules evolved as local clubs took the Edinburgh rules and adapted them for their own use. In 1897 the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews assumed oversight of the rules and in the same year published the first national set of rules.
This book examines the history of the rules of golf from their first codification to the present day. It looks at the circumstances of the composition of the first rules, their scope, and afterlife.
Dale Concannon is a full-time golf journalist and author. He is among the best-known and most widely read golf writers in Europe. He is a regular contributor to Golf World and Golf Monthly magazines and is the author of the Sunday Times bestseller Nick Faldo: Driven - The Definitive Biography, published in 2001
Foreword Introduction The Origins of Golf Changing Times The Silver Club and the First Rules Then & Now What Happened Next? St Andrews Joins the Fray Back to the Future The Original Rules of Golf Gentleman Golfers of Edinburgh, 1744 The Burgess club, 1773