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1889 A delicate touch




A delicate touch

The game of golf is said to have originated in Scotland, where, in the early days, players, using a bent stick or club, would hit a pebble over sand dunes.

Fast forward to the 18th century and John Rattray, who was born on 22 September, 1707 at Craighall Castle, Rattray, Perthshire, and who served as surgeon to Prince Charles Edward Stuart during the 1745 Jacobite Rising, was a skilful golfer and was involved in drawing up the original rules of golf.  His signature can be seen on the list of thirteen original rules recorded in the minute book of the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, and, in honour of his contribution to the game of golf, a bronze statue of him was unveiled on Leith Links, Edinburgh on 11 September, 2019.

The Macpherson family playing Golf in 1896 - Photo courtesy of the late Sir William Macpherson


The Blairgowrie Golf Club was formed in 1889, when a piece of land belonging to the Dowager Marchioness of Lansdowne (from whom the course took its name) was identified as having potential to become a golf course.  This course was later to become known as the Wee Course.

Blairgowrie now has two championship 18 hole golf courses: Rosemount and Lansdowne.

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