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Yearbook 2012


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s Captain of the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, I am delighted to welcome you to our 2011-12 Yearbook. We hope that visitors, guests and potential members will enjoy a brief introduction to our Club’s history and current activities. Existing members, old and new, will hopefully also find the Yearbook interesting and informative. Looking back on the 2011 season, it has been another disappointing summer with a lot of heavy rain. We are fortunate that the investment in drainage works in recent years has enabled the course to cope much better than would have been the case even five years ago. Great credit is also due to John Reid and his green-keeping staff for presenting the course so well in spite of the difficult conditions. As the season draws to a close, we start to look forward to the Annual Dinner on Friday 2nd December. This is a black tie affair and, by tradition, the Old Club Cup, which was the Club’s only trophy for 50 years after it was first played for in 1774, is the focal point of the evening. The Cup is brought down for the evening from the British Golf Museum in St Andrews and the winner is the principal guest. This year’s principal speaker is Ed “Stewpot” Stewart. If you have never attended the Dinner before, I would urge you to consider coming along this year. I am certain you will find it a most enjoyable occasion. Kevin Connachan is this year’s winner of the Old Club Cup. His victory in the Autumn meeting thwarted Craig Johnstone’s unique Grand Slam bid. Craig won the Spring and Summer meetings, the Club Championship and the Willie Park Putter (for our scratch 36 hole Open). A special mention goes to Stuart Blair who won the Junior Championship and went to become the Lothians Junior Champion of Champions on a windy day at Torphin Hill. Chester Kruk, as Senior Champion, lifted the Claret Jug

trophy which he himself donated some years ago. And young Gareth Elms won a Gold Medal in the Home Nations Special Olympics golf tournament in Wales. We were honoured to be asked by the Scottish Golf Union to host a Boys Under 16 International Match involving Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Netherlands. This took place over three days in April with Scotland narrowly losing out to Ireland on count-back. All the players were a credit to their parents, their Golf Union and their country. We have agreed to a request from the Lothians Golf Association to host the Lothians Team Tournament in July 2012 and we are currently considering a request from the Scottish Seniors Golfing Society to host their East of Scotland Championship next June. The Scottish Hickory Open Championship at the end of August had to be cancelled due to the severe weather. We will take stock of the first three years of this event and may decide to make some changes to both the format and date for 2012. We have recently added some RMGC Winter Competitions to the fixture list to maintain interest and attract more members to the Club in the November to March period. The early indications are that these are a big success and they will continue in 2012. We have also trialled Friday Spoon competitions this year to see if members would like more opportunities for midweek competition golf. New members can play for handicap off the White tees in these events in addition to Medals and Tankards. The RMGC Council will be reviewing the Friday Spoon trial soon. I extend my very best wishes to members, visitors and guests for the remainder of this season and for 2012. If you have any questions about the Club, please do not hesitate to contact me or any other member of the Council. We will do our very best to help. ARTHUR T REID Captain

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Contents Text Captain’s

Welcome........................... 3

Contact Information ........................ 5 Club History .................................6-7 Ladies Golf ....................................... 9 Junior Golf .................................... 11 Pro Shop ........................................ 12 Clubhouse ................................16-17 Competition Winners ................20-21 Practice Facilities ............................ 23 The Course ...............................24-25 Fixtures List ..............................26-29 Out & About.............................32-33 Directions ...................................... 34

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Contact Information Captain

Mr. Arthur Reid

Lady Captain

Mrs. Linda Paterson

Lady Vice Captain

Mrs. Fiona Lindsay

Administration Office 01875 810276 adminsecretary@royalmusselburghgolfclub.com Professional’s Shop

01875 810139

Dining Room

01875 813671

The Jim Bush Bar

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R.M.G.C. Office 01875 819000 honsecretary@royalmusselburghgolfclub.com The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, Prestongrange House, Prestonpans, EH32 9RP www.royalmusselburgh.co.uk

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Club History

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he Royal Musselburgh Golf Club is the fifth oldest golf club in the world dating back to 1774, starting its life at the 9 hole Musselburgh Links course, which, according to the Guinness book of records, is the oldest golf course in the world still played over. The Club moved along the coast to it’s present location of Prestongrange Estate in 1926,where on the 29th of September in that year the official opening was carried out by four Open Champions, namely, Mr H.Vardon, Mr J. Braid, Mr A. Herd and Mr J.H. Taylor, and it has flourished there ever since. Pride of place at the club is The Old Club Cup, dating back to 1774, is the oldest golfing trophy in the world still played for. This iconic trophy is usually on display in the British Golf Museum in St Andrews, but is brought back to the club annually, a winner’s medal attached, then presented – to the player with the lowest scratch score in the ’Autumn Meeting’– at the club’s annual dinner held in December. The irregular size of golf holes was causing some concern in the early 1800’s and an ‘instrument’ to standardise the hole, was made in 1829. Since then all holes have been made to this size all over the world. This ‘instrument’, the original hole-cutter, still belongs to the club and has recently been adopted as the trophy awarded to the Scottish Hickory Open Champion. In 1834, the year in which King William IV gave the title of Royal and Ancient to the St Andrews Club, a new set of regulations for playing the game was issued by the Musselburgh club. The Regulations are well worth reading by all golf enthusiasts and a copy of these can be found in the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club 225th anniversary book. The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club was awarded its Royal Status in 1876 soon after H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught (the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert), graciously consented to become Hon. President of the Club until his death in 1942. In 1897 the Duke presented the Club with a silver cup, known as the Connaught Cup, which is played for annually to this day.

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Club History Our magnificent clubhouse with a fascinating history dating back to 12th century, and owned by the local aristocracy prior to our move here in 1926, has been tastefully modified to accommodate all aspects required by modern golfers. This outstanding ‘A’ listed building provides not only a memorable backdrop to a round of golf, but splendid views over the course and beyond. The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club have been gifted many items of golfing memorabilia, some dating back to the 17th century, by past members and friends, the most valuable of these, apart from the Old Club Cup, are currently locked away for safe keeping. It is the club’s intention to form a golfing museum to allow more golf enthusiasts to view these very special items. The Club were privileged to host The R&A World Junior Open Golf Championship in 2002, which was an outstanding success. The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club has an important place in golfing history and recognises the responsibilities to past, present and future generations of enthusiasts for this great game. We also endeavour to ensure that our visitors and guests take home fond memories of the fifth oldest golf club in the world. To that end, our highly experienced and trained staff in green-keeping, Professional’s shop and the clubhouse will do all they can to make your visit, one you will be eager to repeat.

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s the end of another season of wet weather, causing the course to be closed on several occasions and the cancellation of two medal competitions in August and October, we hope that the kind weather in November will be a reflection of the winter to come so that our Winter League Competition can go ahead every Sunday until the end of February.

Ladies Golf

Sadly, the lady and committee member who started the Winter League, Christine Tobin, passed away on 28 August this year at the age of 59. Although she was no longer a member of Royal Musselburgh, she will be missed by all who knew her. Our Open competition in May went very well with 106 ladies playing and enjoying the course on a good day. The Senior Greensomes, always a very popular competition, saw an entry of 150, with many ladies returning year on year to enjoy the course at its very best. We had lovely weather and everyone enjoyed their day. The Championship Final was contested by Pamela Hall and Laura Dixon a junior, who put up a spirited performance, but was beaten by a flawless performance from our many times Champion, Pam. The Bronze Plate final was keenly contested by Helen Findlay and Elaine Finnegan, with Helen the winner. Congratulations to all of the competitors. Each year we take part in the East Lothian 5-a-side League and this year the lady members who took part were Pam Hall, Wilma Gilmour, May Imah, Lesley Wood, Anne Fairgrieve, Fiona Lindsay, Janette Buchanan, Elaine Finnegan and Linda Gray. We had two home matches against the Glen and North Berwick and two away against Castle Park and Craigielaw. Friendly matches take place against Broomieknowe, Direlton Castle, the Glen, Gifford, Haddington, Musselburgh, Newbattle and Dalmahoy Golf Clubs. Due to the weather only 4 out of the above could be completed. The Coronation 4’s and Daily Mail 4’s are played throughout the season with the winners going forward to the area finals. We have a Charity Day in the summer and try to support local charities where possible. I have enjoyed my first year as Lady Captain would like to thank both the members of the Ladies’ Committee and all of the lady members for their assistance and encouragement throughout the season. We may have a small section, but we hold a common interest and love – playing the best game in the world – golf. No matter what level you play at, it is the most relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a few hours especially at the historic and beautiful course of Royal Musselburgh. LINDA PATERSON

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Junior Golf

he Royal Musselburgh have a healthy Junior Section, 85 boys and 2 girls. The club, in conjunction with the club Professionals, offer free coaching sessions, one at the start of the season and one mid season. These are always well attended. The Juniors look forward to the G.A.S.P. video sessions where their swings can be compared to the top pros (Tiger and Ernie Els included). The club run a fund raising tournament to subsidise the junior coaching programme and are indebted to all those who take part. Junior Medals are held every month and the junior team participate in the East Lothian Junior League. When juniors achieve an appropriate standard they are allowed to enter into gents and ladies competitions to further their development and experience. The club take great pride in their junior section and will continue with the junior development programme and also recognise the importance of all child protection policies.

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Pro Shop

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ohn Henderson, head professional served his P.G.A. Training with Mr. Jimmy Hume at Gullane G.C., once qualified he became head professional at Newbattle G.C. and in 1991 he moved to Royal Musselburgh Golf Club. John is assisted by Professional Calum Smith. By being a member of Europe’s largest buying group, T.G.I Ltd, we can offer goods at competitive prices. If you are looking to buy a new set of clubs then please call into the shop and the Pros will give you the correct advice to make sure your clubs are custom fitted to you. On the coaching front, we offer video analysis, group coaching and individual coaching. There is an introductory offer of 4 lessons for the price of 3. For the best professional advice on all aspects of the game do not hesitate to call the Royal Musselburgh Golf Shop on 01875 810139.

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he Clubhouse is a large building which has been much altered and extended over several centuries and is of considerable architectural and historical interest. The Clubhouse caters for members, guests and visitors. Non-golfers can become social members (subscription only £20) and can thus enjoy the bar and restaurant facilities. The dress code throughout the building is smart/casual. Locker rooms are located on the ground floor providing storage and changing accommodation for male and female members and visitors. Toilets, including a toilet for the disabled, and showers/washrooms are located here. Visitors’ lockers can be accessed by obtaining the entry code number from the Professional’s shop. A large function suite built in the late 1950s is also located at ground floor level. With its own entrance, bar and kitchen and a stage, it is ideally suited for wedding receptions, dinners, dances, conferences and other Club and private functions. It is also used for indoor golf tuition, carpet bowls and ‘keep fit’ classes. The hall can accommodate up to 150 people for functions with full meals and up to 200 people for other events with or without buffet food. The Jim Bush Lounge Bar, the Royal Lounge and the Dining Room are three splendid rooms on the first floor reached by an imposing, north-facing staircase. The Lounge Bar houses trophy cabinets, pictures and comfortable seating. There are two televisions and two discreetly-located gaming machines contributing to a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Exterior stairs from the short passage between the Lounge Bar and the Dining Room lead down to a small patio area overlooking the 3rd fairway.

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Clubhouse The Dining Room has fine views to the north and south and equally fine food is served here or in the Lounges. It is the venue for a popular Sunday Carvery all year round. The child-friendly atmosphere (high chairs available) and superb decor make for an enjoyable family dining experience. The Royal Lounge looks out over the 18th fairway towards the Firth of Forth. With its own ‘snug’ bar, it is ideal for seminars/small conferences and can comfortably accommodate up to 60 people for private parties and other functions. Other facilities include a snooker room with two fullsize tables, indoor bowls, a Boardroom where all official meetings are held and a suite of recently refurbished rooms let as office accommodation for small businesses. Bookings, Enquiries and Catering Bookings for the function suite, the Royal Lounge and other small meeting rooms may be directed to the Management Office. Enquiries about renting office accommodation should also be directed here. Catering for visiting parties or functions (including, respectfully, funerals) can be arranged through the Management Office or direct with the Caterer, Steven Cross.

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Competition Winners

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Competition

trophy

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Seal Trophy Stableford

Seal Trophy

Kenny Fee

Winter Foursomes

R. & A. Quaich

John Hall and Willie Rodgers

Husband Shield Par Competition

Husband Shield

Ian Kinnear

Spring Meeting (A Scratch)

Gold Medal

Craig Johnstone

Spring Meeting (B Scratch)

Colonial Medal

Gary Fleck

Snuff Trophy (Veterans)

Snuff Trophy

James Glass

Summer Meeting A

New Club Cup

Craig Johnstone

Summer Meeting B

Purves Putter

Sandy Ramage

Tappit Hen Stableford

Tappit Hen Trophy

Lindsay Shepherd

Autumn Meeting (Scratch)

Old Club Cup

Kevin Connachan

Autumn Meeting (B Div Scratch)

Mackinlay Cup

Ross Mullen

Best Handicap Autumn Meeting

New Gray Cross

Ross Mullen

Alex Moffat Stableford

Alex Moffat Trophy

Derek Watson

Bob Ironside Memorial Greensomes

Bob Ironside Memorial Trophy

Andy Martin and Willie Reid

Best 3 Scratch In Majors

Bowlers’ Bowl

Craig Johnstone

Best 3 Handicap In Majors

Menzies Cup

Barry Miller

Medal Winners Play Off

Brown Cup

Lindsay Shepherd

Tankard Winners Play Off

Ironside Tankard

Robert R Cochrane

Summer Foursomes

W. Park Jr. Trophy

Kenny Fee and Chris Ratcliffe

Summer Singles

Powell Cup

Jim Moodie

Club Champion

Connaught Cup

Craig Johnstone

B Division Champion

Coronation Cup

John Russell

Senior Champion

Chester Claret Jug

Chester Kruk

Junior Champion

A. C. Robertson Trophy

Stuart Blair

Club Mixed Foursomes

Davie Clark Memorial Bowl

Kath Rodger and Cameron Johnston


2011 Competition

trophy

Winner(S)

Scottish Hickory Open Singles

Hole Cutter

Cancelled

Scottish Hickory Open Pairs

No Trophy

Cancelled

Willie Park 36 Hole Scratch Open

Willie Park Putter

Craig Johnstone

Open Handicap 6-18

Royal Bank Quaich

Ken Brown (Ratho Park GC)

Senior Open (Handicap)

No Trophy

Ian Elliot (Hawick GC)

Junior Open (Handicap)

Thomas Bogie Trophy

Charlie Yuille (Linlithgow)

Junior Open (Scratch)

Drybrough Cup

Open Mixed Foursomes

Jane Connachan Trophy

Senior Open Mixed Foursomes

No Trophy

Mussel Match (V Musselburgh GC)

Mussel Trophy

Halved Match. RMGC Retain

Mussel Match (Juniors)

Alex Hay Trophy

Halved Match. RMGC Retain

Broomieknowe Match

Henderson/Turnbull Trophy

Halved Match. Broomieknowe Retain

Royal Burgess Match

Purves-Young Trophy

Royal Musselburgh GC

Tyneside Match

Tyneside Trophy

Royal Musselburgh GC

Royal Montrose Match

RMGC Trophy

Halved Match. Royal Montrose Retain

Musselburgh Old Course Match

No Trophy

Halved Match

Ross Brydon (Bruntsfield Links GC) Alison O’Neill and Joe Condron (Deer Park GC) Anne and Dennis Wheelhouse (Ratho Park)

Captain, Arthur Reid and wife Linda presenting the 2011 competition winner’s trophies.

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Practice Facilities

he practice ground at Royal Musselburgh is the ideal place for members and guests to iron out their faults. The full length of the range being over 300 yards enables you to hit a full drive. For the short finesse shots and bunker practice there is a pitching green with a large bunker. During inclement weather you could take advantage of the large function hall and the golf professional’s GASP system to analyse your golf swing with video and PC Once your swing is in tune you could relax with a game of indoor bowls.

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The Course

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he Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, founded in 1774, originally played over the famous 9 hole links course at Levenhall, Musselburgh. In 1926 the move was made to the present location at Prestongrange House, Prestonpans. This engaging parkland course was designed by James Braid and affords wonderful vistas over Edinburgh and the Firth of Forth. The front nine provides a fair challenge, but beware the ‘sting in the tail’; the final third of the course can make or break a score. The tough four hole stretch from the long par four 13th includes the ‘gully’ a par 3 (14th) where to be short is to be court disaster, followed by one of the best par fours in the Lothians. From the medal tee at the 15th, huddled tight beside the trees to the left, a precision drive is required to find the rollercoasting fairway. From there a long iron is played over an uphill approach to a tilting green. 3

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Royal Musselburgh has in its possession a silver cup, known as the ‘Old Club Cup’, dating from 1774. This is the oldest cup in the world still played for competitively today. The club were privileged to host the World Junior Open in July 2002.

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This parkland course as designed by James Baird and in contrast with many of East Lothian’s courses offers golfers views of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat. The golfing challenge comes on the homeward stretch where a series of par 4s are well protected by trees. One of the oldest clubs in the world, the magnificent clubhouse has a superb collection of golfing memorabilia. 9

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Fixtures List

JANUARY Mon 2nd* Sat 14th Sat 28th Sun 29th FEBRUARY Sat 11th Sat 25th MARCH Sun 4th

Sat 10th Sun 11th Sat 17th Sat 24th Sun 25th Wed 28th APRIL Sat 7th* Sun 8th Wed 11th* Sat 14th* Sun 15th

Sun 22nd Sat 28th* MAY Wed 2nd* Sat 5th* Sun 6th Sat 12th Sun 13th Tues 15th Thurs 17th* Sat 19th* Sun 20th Mon 21st

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Seal Trophy RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Winter Competition EL Winter League: RMGC V Craigielaw GC (Home) 12 noon RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Winter Competition EL Winter League: RMGC V Dunbar GC (Home) 12 noon Ladies Winter Cup (Book own times) RMGC Winter Competition Ladies Scramble 12.15pm (Course closed from 12 noon) Lady Captain’s Day RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Trophy Presentation Evening Closing date for entries for Summer Foursomes and Singles RMGC AGM 7.30pm. RMGC Scramble Ladies Coronation Foursomes – book own times. Junior Medal 1.00pm April Tankard April Medal MMCS AGM 11.00am Ladies April Medal 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) Ladies: Helen Yule Trophy 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) May Medal May Tankard Husband Shield – Par Competition Ladies May Medal 12.15pm (Course closed from noon). Junior Medal 1pm Charity Golf Day (Times to be finalised) Mussel Trophy Match v Musselburgh GC [prov Home and Away] 12 noon Ladies 9 Hole Competition 1pm RMGC Ladies Open Competition. 8.00am5.00pm Tappit Hen Trophy (Stableford) Ladies Spring Meeting 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) Lady Captain v Secretary 6.30pm


Sat 26th* Sun 27th

Thurs 31st JUNE Sat 2nd* Sun 3rd*

Thurs 7th Fri 8th Sat 9th* Tues 12th Wed 13th* Thurs 14th Fri 15th *Sat Sun 17th

Mon18th Tue 19th Wed 20th Thurs 21st Sat 23rd Sat 30th JULY Sun 1st Wed 4th* Thurs 5th* Sat 7th*

June Medal RMGC v. Tyneside GC (Away). Ladies June Medal 12.15 (Course closed from noon). Junior Medal 1.00pm Retired Mineworkers/Members Championship 12 noon – 1.30pm

2012 - 2013

Spring Meeting – A Division (Championship Qualifying) Gold Medal Spring Meeting – B Division (Championship Qualifying) Colonial Medal NB The Spring Meeting is also the Qualifying Competition for the Senior Championship Scottish Seniors Golfing Society East of Scotland Tournament Details tbc Open Handicap Competition. Handicap 6-18max (7.00am – 4.00pm) Open Senior Mixed Foursomes 10.am (Tee closed from 9.45am) June Tankard Snuff Trophy – Veterans, 60 & over (Book own times) RMGC Council v Assoc. of Royal Yachtsmen Golfing Society 1.00pm 16th Invitation Silloth Competition (Tee closed until 5.00pm) ‘A’ & ‘B’ Championship Qualifying Round 2 Ladies Championship Quarter-final ties 8.30am-12.30pm Tee closed 8.00am ‘A’ Division Club Championship ties 5.30pm. ‘B’ Division Club Championship ties 5.30pm. ‘A’ and ‘B’ Club Championship ties 5.30pm. ‘A’, ‘B’ Senior and Ladies Club Championships Semi-finals 5.30pm. Club Championships Finals Tee closed 11.30am -12.45pm and 2-4.30pm Port Seton Golf Club Golf Day (Details tbc) Ladies July Medal 12.15pm (Course closed from noon). Junior Medal 1.00pm July Tankard RMGC Gents Senior Open Competition (7.00am.-3.30pm) July Medal

* Denotes no play allowed prior to commencement of competition and noncompetition golf is not allowed until after last tee-off time in competition. Times and dates at time of printing.

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Fixtures List

Sun 8th Wed 11th Sat 14th* Sun 15th Sat 21st Sun 22nd Tues 24th Wed 25th* Sat 28th* Sun 29th AUGUST Wed 1st Sat 4th* Sun 5th Tues 7th Sat 11th*

Sun 12th Tues 14th Sat 18th Sun 19th Sat 25th* Sun 26th

SEPTEMBER Sat 1st* Sun 2nd Wed 5th * Sat 8th* Sun 9th Tues 11th Wed 12th

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Ladies Summer Meeting 12.15 pm (Course closed from noon) MMCS Invitation Charity Golf Day. Course closed 1.00pm. RMGC Professional’s Day RMGC v Royal Montrose GC (Home) 12 noon (Course closed from 11.45am) Lothians Golf Association Team Tournament (Course open from ?) Ladies Burns Trophy 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) Ladies 9 Hole Competition 6pm August Tankard August Medal Club Mixed Foursomes 12 noon Ladies Senior Open Greensomes 8.30am3.00pm. Tee re-opens 3.30pm. Willie Park Putter Scratch Open 36 holes Handicap maximum 5. Ladies August Medal 12.15pm (Course closed from noon). Junior Medal 1.00pm RMGC Junior Open Competition. Tee closed 9.00am – 1.30pm Summer Meeting: ‘A’ Scratch - New Club Cup; ‘B’ Scratch – Purves Putter; Handicap - Macpherson Medal Ladies Invitation Foursomes 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) Ladies 9 Hole Competition 6pm Scottish Hickory Open Championship [details tbc] Scottish Hickory Open Championship [details tbc] Captain’s Day 7.00am – 4.00pm RBL Championship (Scottish final) 12 noon The Three Thorntrees Golf Challenge 1pm – 2.15pm September Medal Ladies September Medal 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) Junior Medal 1.00pm September Tankard RMGC Open Mixed Foursomes Competition. Tee closed to 4.00pm. Royal British Legion – W Darling Trophy 12 noon. Ladies SLGA Brooch 1.15pm Ladies 9 Hole Competition 1pm Whatton Lodge Charity Golf Day. Shotgun start – course closed 1.00pm


Sat 15th*

Sun 16th *Sat 22nd Sun 23rd Sat 29th* Sun 30th OCTOBER Wed 3rd* Sat 6th Sun 7th*

Sat 13th Sun 14th Wed 17th Sat 20th* Fri 26th Sat 27th* NOVEMBER Wed 7th Sat 10th Sat 24th DECEMBER Fri 7th Sat 15th JANUARY 2013 Wed 2nd* Sat 26th FEBRUARY Sat 9th Sat 23rd MARCH Sat 9th Sun 7th

Sat 23rd Wed 27th

Autumn Meeting Scratch-Old Club Cup; ‘B’ Scratch-Mackinlay Cup; Handicap-New Gray Cross Ladies Autumn Meeting 12.15pm (Course closed from noon) Bob Ironside Memorial Trophy – Greensomes Competition RMGC Council v Royal Burgess GS (Home) 12 noon Family Foursomes 1.00pm Alex Moffat Trophy - Stableford RMGC Council v Broomieknowe GC Council (Away)

2012 - 2013

October Tankard October Medal Ladies October Medal 12.15pm (Course closed from noon). Closing date for entries for Winter Foursomes Brown Cup/Ironside Tankard Finals 1.00pm RMGC v Musselburgh Old Course GC (Away) East of Scotland Alliance Tee closed until 1.00pm November Medal Ladies Dinner RMGC Scramble Ladies AGM 7.00pm. RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Winter Competition Club Dinner 7.00pm RMGC Winter Competition Seal Trophy - Stableford RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Winter Competition East Lothian Winter League Stroke Play Tournament Tee closed from 10.30 – 2.00pm RMGC Winter Competition RMGC Trophy Presentation Evening RMGC AGM

* Denotes no play allowed prior to commencement of competition and noncompetition golf is not allowed until after last tee-off time in competition. Times and dates at time of printing.

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Out & About

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he Royal Musselburgh Golf Club is the fifth oldest golf club in the world dating back to 1774, starting its life at the 9 hole Musselburgh Links course, which, according to the Guinness book of records, is the oldest golf course in the world still played over. The Club moved along the coast to it’s present location of Prestongrange Estate in 1926,where on the 29th of September in that year the official opening was carried out by four Open Champions, namely, Mr H.Vardon, Mr J. Braid, Mr A. Herd and Mr J.H. Taylor, and it has flourished there ever since. Pride of place at the club is The Old Club Cup, dating back to 1774, is the oldest golfing trophy in the world still played for. This iconic trophy is usually on display in the British Golf Museum in St Andrews, but is brought back to the club annually, a winner’s medal attached, then presented – to the player with the lowest scratch score in the ’Autumn Meeting’– at the club’s annual dinner held in December. The irregular size of golf holes was causing some concern in the early 1800’s and an ‘instrument’ to standardise the hole, was made in 1829. Since then all holes have been made to this size all over the world. This ‘instrument’, the original hole-cutter, still belongs to the club and has recently been adopted as the trophy awarded to the Scottish Hickory Open Champion. In 1834, the year in which King William IV gave the title of Royal and Ancient to the St Andrews Club, a new set of regulations for playing the game was issued by the Musselburgh club. The Regulations are well worth reading by all golf enthusiasts and a copy of these can be found in the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club 225th anniversary book. The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club was awarded its Royal Status in 1876 soon after H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught (the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert), graciously consented to become Hon. President of the Club

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Out & About until his death in 1942. In 1897 the Duke presented the Club with a silver cup, known as the Connaught Cup, which is played for annually to this day. Our magnificent clubhouse with a fascinating history dating back to 12th century, and owned by the local aristocracy prior to our move here in 1926, has been tastefully modified to accommodate all aspects required by modern golfers. This outstanding ‘A’ listed building provides not only a memorable backdrop to a round of golf, but splendid views over the course and beyond. The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club have been gifted many items of golfing memorabilia, some dating back to the 17th century, by past members and friends, the most valuable of these, apart from the Old Club Cup, are currently locked away for safe keeping. It is the club’s intention to form a golfing museum to allow more golf enthusiasts to view these very special items. The Club were privileged to host The R&A World Junior Open Golf Championship in 2002, which was an outstanding success. The Royal Musselburgh Golf Club has an important place in golfing history and recognises the responsibilities to past, present and future generations of enthusiasts for this great game. We also endeavour to ensure that our visitors and guests take home fond memories of the fifth oldest golf club in the world. To that end, our highly experienced and trained staff in green-keeping, Professional’s shop and the clubhouse will do all they can to make your visit, one you will be eager to repeat.

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Directions

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he Royal Musselburgh Golf Club is located at Prestongrange House in Prestonpans. From the A1,

take Wallyford/Dalkeith turn off. Go through Wallyford, then follow road signs for B1361 – North Berwick Road.

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