Beats St Andrews by seventy years
“St Andrews is known as the “home of golf” throughout the world, and is famed for the Old Course, with the first recording of golf being played on as far back as 1574.However the Perth Merchants Golf Club says James IV played golf on the North Inch more than 70 years earlier.”
The Scotsman article continues, “The current arrangement of holes at the North Inch was laid out by Old Tom Morris, who also designed Carnoustie, Muirfield and St Andrews New.
King James IV, who was crowned at Scone Palace in 1488, decided in 1502 that the threat of war with England had receded and lifted the longstanding ban on golf.
This had been imposed to encourage archery, and he then personally took up golf.
In the first recorded purchase of golf equipment, he then went and ordered his first set of golf clubs from a local bowmaker in Perth, costing him the princely sum of 13 shillings (65p).
The course is open to all, and is home to two ancient golf clubs, the Perth Merchants and the Perth Artisans, both of which have used it for over a century.”
Sacrilege for a mere £100,000
Regular readers of The Scotsman are aware of the fact that it and most of its commentators are rabidly anti SNP and the following details have provided further fuel to the fire.
“The proposal - which would save cash-strapped Perth and Kinross Council some £100,000 a year and was condemned today as “sacrilege” - will be discussed on Thursday when councillors decide which services will survive a need to make cuts.
The SNP-led authority is looking to slash £5 million from its spending next year.
Alternatives to closing the 18-hole municiple parkland course include a reduction in street sweeping, which would save more than twice as much, or greater efficiencies in the provision of community care packages for adults, a service which is said to be “ripe for review” where £1.37 million could be saved.
Axing a so-called “safer communities team” would save £300,000 - more than three times the cost of maintaining the historic golf course.”
Must not close
Melvyn Hunter Morrow is one reader who felt sufficiently distraught to add the following comment, “North Inch MUST not be allowed to close. I am, the great great grandson of Old Tom Morris, [as well as related to Charlie Hunter (Prestwick), Allan Robertson and The Andersons].”
Link to The Scotsman
Quote of the Day
“To be even thinking of this is a disgrace. This is the only municipal course in Perthshire, it was where the game was first played and should be seen as an asset rather than a burden to be disposed of.”
–Jcdee at The Scotsman