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Dumbarnie Links Golf Course, Fife. (1837 – 1870s)

Dumbarnie links was also used by the Hercules Club, Colinsburgh.

As well as golf the links were used for rifle shooting and other athletic and gymnastic sports.

First mention found in November 1837 (note the alternative spelling – Dunbarnie Links which was often used).

 

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course, Fife. First mention found in November 1937.

Fifeshire Journal Thursday 9 November 1837. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Golf competition in May 1838.

 

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course, Fife. The Spring Meting held in May 1938.

Fifeshire Journal Thursday 3 May 1838. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The Hercules club played over the links for the Hume Medal on Saturday 28 July 1838. After a keen competition it was won by Charles Halkett Craigie of  Lahill.

The Hercules club met on the links on 7 August 1841 to compete for the “McDuff medal.” It was won by John Martin of Edinburgh with a score of 99, the lowest number recorded on the links.

Colinsburgh Gymnastic Games and Golf Meeting July 1845.

 

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course, Fife. Colinsburgh Gymnastic Games and Golf Meeting July 1845.

Fife Herald Thursday 17 July 1845. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

The last report found for the Hercules Golf Club in 1870.

 

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course, Fife. The last mention found for the Hercules Club in November 1870.

Fifeshire Journal Thursday 3 November 1870. Image © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Extract of a report from the St Andrews Citizen Saturday 30 May 1908; “It was thought about reopening Dunbarnie Links. It is about forty years since there was any golf on Dunbarnie, and it is now utilised for agriculture, though the cottage that was once the clubhouse can still be seen there, and there are players about who can remember when a lot of golf was done there.”

Recollections of the course in 1925.

 

Dumbarnie Links Golf Course, Fife. Recollections of the Dumbarnie Links in 1925.

Dundee Courier Wednesday 14 October 1925. Image © D.C.Thomson & Co. Ltd. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

 

Golf ceased to be played on the Dumbarnie Links in the early 1870s with the golfers probably moving to nearby Elie and Earlsferry courses.