St Andrews Part 4: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R & A)
January 24, 2018 / Golf History
Introduction – In Part 3 we introduced the founders of the Society of St Andrews Golfers. Forming the Society in 1754 was a positive action. They became the third Scottish society and were well placed to be an important auth...

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St Andrews Part 3: The Founders of “The Society of St Andrews Golfers”
December 26, 2017 / Golf History
Introduction Early in the 18th century the first golf clubs were formed and better documentary records of golf history were kept. We are concentrating on the social parts of the story rather than a documentary of events. The Society...

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Summary History of Early Golf Balls
July 01, 2017 / Golf History
Introduction Early golf balls were expensive and not long lasting so the game was only available to the wealthy. Improvements were very important and would eventually change the game to be popular and available to all. In the 15th a...

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Colt No. 4 - “England’s South West Trail” of Superb Harry Colt Designed Courses
May 06, 2017 / Golf History
This Trail takes you to five genuine Harry Colt courses in South West England. There is an interesting mix of five courses with one seaside links, two are heathland, and two are downland. For accommodation we have selected a hotel in the fa...

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Royal Golf Clubs Series 6
April 24, 2017 / Golf History
Republic of Ireland - Introduction There are two Royal clubs in the Republic of Ireland, Royal Dublin approved by Queen Victoria in 1891 and Royal Curragh approved by King George V in 1910. Both clubs have an interesting history, Curragh...

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Royal Clubs Series - No.5
April 19, 2017 / Golf History
Royal Golf Clubs Series 5 Northern Ireland Royal Courses - Introduction There are three Royal clubs in Northern Ireland, Royal Belfast and Royal Portrush approved by Queen Victoria in 1885, and 1895, also Royal County Down by King Edw...

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Colt No. 3 – Best of Colt – Trail from our top 10 Colt selections
April 18, 2017 / Featured destinations
AGS Golf - Trail and ‘Hotspot Series Colt No. 3 – Best of Colt – Trail from our top 10 Colt selections Our Best of Colt ‘top 10 selection’ are the courses that best represent Harry Colt’s design pri...

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Harry Colt Golf Architect (1869 to 1951)
April 04, 2017 / Golf History
Harry Colt had a remarkable influence on British golf course design. He came on the scene in 1894 at the age of 25. At this time seaside courses were well-regarded and inland courses were poor by comparison. Courses built inland did not mer...

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The meaning and origin of "Fore!"
March 30, 2017 / Golf History
Fore! The etymology for the word "Fore!" is not absolutely certain. The Oxford English Dictionary records its first use in 1878 as a warning cry to people in front of a golf stroke and, like most people, believes it is an ...

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Royal Golf Clubs Series – Number 4
March 27, 2017 / Golf History
This is the final blog in the Scottish series in which we cover one club and then suggest a ‘Royal Club Tour’. Royal Troon, founded in 1878 and granted Royal patronage by Elizabeth II on its centenary. Troon is renowned ...

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