Timeline of Golf in Scotland
15th century - Golf
is born in Scotland.
1744 - The first set of rules
are laid out by golfers at Leith.
1764 - The 18-hole standard for
a round of golf is set at St Andrews.
1774 - The Old Club Cup at
Royal Musselburgh is played, the oldest
cup still played for today.
1811 - Musselburgh held the
world’s first golf tournament for women on New Year’s Day.
1860 - The first Open
Championship is played in Prestwick.
1868 - Tom Morris Jnr hits the
first-known hole-in-one at Prestwick.
1873 - The First Open
Championship is played at St
1893 - The obligatory hole size
(4½ inches) of today was made mandatory by the R&A; it was
purely based on the size of the cutter at Musselburgh Old Course.
1990 - The American-sized ball
of 1.68in becomes the only legal ball for play.