Dec 15th, 2016
Vandals strike at Royal Musselburgh
The world's fifth oldest course
Words: John Dean
One of the world’s oldest golf courses has been damaged by vandals who deliberately tore up one of the greens in a car. Utter cretins we say.
The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, the fifth oldest in the world, tweeted these images of the damage with the words: “Hope you are proud of yourself.”
But here's the better news:
The club was founded in 1774, and originally played over the famous nine-hole links course at Levenhall, Musselburgh. But in 1926 the golf club moved to the parkland course at Prestongrange House, Prestonpans, East Lothian.
The caption posted along with the images read: “Whatever idiot did this to the 10th winter green & Fairway last night. I hope you are proud of yourself.”
The course was designed by Open champion and course architect James Braid in 1926.
The Old Club Cup, which has been awarded at Royal Musselburgh Golf Club since 1774, is the oldest trophy still competitively played for in the world.
The oldest golf club in the world is the nearby The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh, founded in 1735.
Golf Club President Craig Mackay urged the police to find those responsible.
Mr. Mackay said: “Staff and members of the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club have been left dismayed by the mindless vandalism caused to the course.
“As a self-funding charity this has a significant detrimental effect on us and I can only hope that those responsible are traced and dealt with appropriately by the Criminal Justice System.”
We couldn’t agree more!