Old Starters Building (A new starters building was built in 2011).
|Operated by||East Lothian Council|
|Tournaments hosted||The Open Championship (six times between 1874 and 1889)|
Musselburgh was once certified as being the oldest golf course in the world by Guinness World Records (but more recently they reassigned this 'record' to St Andrews). There is documented evidence that golf was played at the links in 1672, and it is claimed that Mary, Queen of Scots, played nearby (at Seton) in 1567.
Musselburgh Links was originally seven holes, with an 8th added in 1838 and the 9th in 1870.
Musselburgh was one of the three courses which staged The Open Championship in rotation in the 1870s and 1880s, alongside Prestwick and the Old Course at St Andrews. It was selected because it was used by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, and it hosted six Opens in all, the first in 1874 and the last in 1889.
|1874||Mungo Park 1st||75||84||159|
|1877||Jamie Anderson 1st||82||78||160|
|1880||Bob Ferguson 1st||81||81||162|
|1883||Willie Fernie 1st||75||83||158 PO|
|1886||David Brown 1st||79||78||157|
|1889||Willie Park, Jr. 2nd||78||77||155 PO|
When the Honorable Company built a private club at Muirfield, Musselburgh dropped out of the rotation for the Open.
The course left a lasting legacy to the game's rules. The four-and-a-quarter-inch (108 mm) diameter of a golf hole was the width of the implement used to cut the holes at Musselburgh; in 1893, the R&A adopted the measurement as a mandatory requirement for all courses.