Musselburgh Links

Musselburgh Links

Musselburgh Links in Musselburgh, East Lothian, Scotland, is generally recognised as the oldest golf course in the world, and the oldest on which play has been continuous.[1][2] Certified as the oldest golf course in the world by Guinness World Records, there is documented evidence that golf was played at the links in 1672, and it is reputed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played there in 1567.[3]

Musselburgh was one of the three courses which staged The Open Championship in rotation in the 1870s and 1880s, alongside Prestwick and the Old Course at St Andrews. It was selected because it was used by the prestigious Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, and it hosted six Opens in all, the first in 1874 and the last in 1889. When the Honorable Company built itself a private club at Muirfield, Musselburgh dropped out of the rotation for the Open. It left a lasting legacy to the game however. The four and a quarter inch measurement of a golf hole was the width of the implement used to cut the holes at Musselburgh and, in 1893, the R&A adopted the measurement as a mandatory requirement for holes.

Musselburgh is a now a publicly owned course, administered by East Lothian Council. The course still has just nine holes, and is a par 34. The fact that there are only nine holes severely restricts its appeal, and memberships are readily available and inexpensive. Season tickets for course play only are also available.

The Open Championship

This is the list of The Open Championship winners at Musselburgh Links:

Year Winner Score
R1 R2 Total
1874 Scotland Mungo Park 1st 75 84 159
1877 Scotland Jamie Anderson 1st 82 78 160
1880 Scotland Bob Ferguson 1st 81 81 162
1883 Scotland Willie Fernie 1st 75 83 158 PO
1886 Scotland David Brown 1st 79 78 157
1889 Scotland Willie Park, Jr. 2nd 78 77 155 PO
  • Note: Superscript number besides the player's name is the number of the Open Championship in their respective careers.


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Coordinates: 55°56′48″N 3°02′11″W / 55.9467367°N 3.0364323°W / 55.9467367; -3.0364323

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