Oldest Golf Courses

There are several lists of the oldest golf courses. For example The Old Links at Musselburgh is officially recognised by Guinness as the oldest golf course in the world. But the below stated list, inspired by the www.scottishgolfhistory.org, ranks the St Andrews Old Course as the oldest golf course in the world. The first documented rounds of golf here date back to 1552 and since then the course has become the most famous golf course in the world and an absolute must for any golf fan. Criteria: Reference to a date on which play began on the area of the current course. Any part of the current course being within the area played at this date. Continuity of play is disregarded.

Ranking

Player Courses
1. Rob Smith 26
2. Hugh Clunas 24
3. Peter Craigon 23
3. Ed Battye 23
5. Antonin J. Grimm 22
5. Brian Ward 22
5. Jim McCann 22
8. Alan B Ferguson 21
8. Stuart Bendoris 21
8. Clyde Johnson 21
8. Blyth Bell 21
12. David Thomson 20
12. Neil Ballingall 20
12. Donald McLeod 20
15. Jeff Steedman 19
15. Mark Gray 19
15. Erlend Malfait 19
15. Max Hare 19
19. Martin Jordan 18
19. Neil Dawson 18