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Crail Balcomie

The 7th oldest golf club in the world, with its members and visitors enjoying some of the finest links golf in Scotland since 1786. Golfing legend Old Tom Morris laid out the Balcomie course in 1895. 11 gentlemen met at the Golf Inn in Crail and together formed the Crail Golfing Society. In those early days members dined at the Golf Inn after a day on the links. The records show members being fined for failing to attend the dinner. The gentlemen who founded the Society were drawn from many classes, and consisted of landed proprietors, naval and army officers, a writer to the signet, ship masters, farm tenants, bailies of Crail and the landlord of the local inn. The first meeting elected Capt. William Ranken to be captain of the Society, and Mr Patrick Murray, chaplain.

Crail Balcomie 14th & 2nd