It is said the UK is the home of Golf so it makes sense that it is also home to some of the worlds oldest golf clubs. While there are many golf clubs all over the world that claim to be the oldest, these ten are the oldest in the UK…
The Top Ten Oldest Golf Clubs in the UK
10 – Burntisland Golf Club – Founding Year: 1797
Wiki Info: The town is also home to the oldest golf club in the world, Burntisland Golf Club (The ‘Old Club’, as it is known among its members). Although it is not a course-owning club, its competitions are held over the local course now run by Burntisland Golf House Club.
9 – Glasgow Killermont Golf Club – Founding Year: 1787
Wiki Info: Glasgow Golf Club, founded in May 1787, is the ninth oldest golf club in the world. It has changed location several times during its history but has been based at Killermont in Bearsden since 21 May 1904
8 – Crail Golfing Society – Founding Year: 1786
Wiki Info: The Crail Golfing Society is a Scottish golf club established in February 1786 in the Golf Hotel, Crail, Fife. The society one of the very oldest golf clubs in the world.
7 – Royal Aberdeen Golf Club – Founding Year: 1780
Wiki Info: Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Aberdeen, Scotland, was founded in 1780 and was founded as the Society of Golfers at Aberdeen, and became the Aberdeen Golf Club in 1815 subsequently receiving royal patronage in 1903. Royal Aberdeen is best known for hosting the 2005 Senior British Open, the 2011 Walker Cup, and the 2014 Scottish Open.
6 – Royal Musselburgh Golf Club – Founding Year: 1774
Wiki Info: The first golf clubs were founded in the 18th century. The first was the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, instituted in 1706, followed by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in 1744, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1754, and the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club in 1774. These clubs gradually accepted some responsibility for the links on which they played.
5 – Bruntsfield Links Golf Club – Founding Year: 1761
Wiki Info: Founded in 1761, the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is the fourth oldest in the world and one of Scotland’s most prestigious clubs located only 3 miles from Edinburgh city centre and 1 hour from The Old Course, St Andrews.
4 – Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews – Founding Year: 1754
Wiki Info: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world. It is based in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, and is regarded as the worldwide “Home of Golf”.
3 – Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – Founding Year: 1744
Wiki Info: Muirfield is a privately owned links which is the home of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, overlooking the Firth of Forth, Muirfield is one of the golf courses used in rotation for The Open Championship.
2 – Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh – Founding Year: 1735
Wiki Info: The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh is a Scottish golf club, which holds claim to be the oldest golfing society in the world, with references to it being instituted in 1735 dating from 1834
1 – Royal Blackheath Golf Club – Founding Year: 1608
Wiki Info: Blackheath Golf Club is known wherever golf is played as having been instituted in 1608. Whilst we know that golf was being played on Blackheath prior to that time by individuals with a uniquely common bond to all intents and purposes a ‘club’.