Ellesmere House - Edinburgh

Bruntsfield Links
Overlooked by Edinburgh Castle, Bruntsfield Links has played a pivotal role in the history of golf in Scotland. Golf has been played here since the 15th Century. Today it is one of Scotland's few free public golf courses.

The oldest short-hole golf course in the world, Bruntsfield Links can be played for free by anyone, and is also one of the most beautiful parks in the city.

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh was founded in the 1700's; reputed to be the oldest golf society in the world.

The Bruntsfield Links Society was founded in 1761, made up of local merchants who enjoyed playing golf on the course and drinking ale in the nearby Golf Tavern.

Bruntsfield Links also hosted horse trade shows, travelling fairs, grazing animals and local people going about their every-day lives. By the nineteenth century the Links had become so congested that the golf clubs decided to move outside of the city to Musselburgh.


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