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Timeline

  • A form of golf believed to have been played at Crail.

    Crail Golfing Society founded and golf played over Sauchope links (eleven members)


    World Events in 1786

    • Birth of Davy Crockett
    • Mont Blanc climbed for the first time
  • A ballot box introduced for approval of new members. An official uniform of a scarlet jacket with a plain yellow button is adopted as the uniform which must be worn on the links on a golfing day. Note: Two former captains were fined in 1793 for infringing this rule.


    World Events in 1792

    • Washington DC founded and cornerstone of White House laid.
    • La Marseillaise composed.
  • David A Lindsay expressed wish to present a medal. Lindsay Medal first played in 1831.


    World Events in 1830

    • William IV becomes King in UK.
    • First intercity passenger railway operated solely by steam opens between Manchester and Liverpool.
  • On 28th May it is minuted "This being in which the King's birth was celebrated the members of the society thought proper to lay open the meeting to those who chose to dine with them".


    Golf in 1834

    • William IV becomes patron of the Society of St Andrews Golfers and it is renamed as The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

    World Events in 1834

    • HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin arrive in Port San Julian, Patagonia

    John William Maillardet, esquire, deputy Inspector of Hospitals, Madras Army (East India Company) was Captain of the Society and presented a silver medal to be "played by all golfers, whether members of the Society or not".

    Maillardet returned to India shortly after presenting the medal, surviving the Afghan and 'Opium' wars and living for another 20 years

  • Feilden Snuff Mull presented to Society.


    World Events in 1843

    • First major wagon trainheaded for NW USA sets out with 1000 pioneers from Missouri on the Oregon Trail.
  • First competiton played over Balcomie links.


    Golf in 1856

    • The Royal Curragh Golf Club is founded at Kildare, the first club in Ireland. In France Pau Golf Club is founded, the first on the continent.

    World Events in 1856

    • Queen Victoria institutes Victoria Cross.
    • Christchurch, New Zealand chartered as a city.
    • Crimean War ends.

    Centenary celebrated. Dr Saunders offered a silver medal inscribed: "Presented to the Crail Golfing Society Estd 1786 on the occasion of its Centenary 23 Feb 1886 by Frederick A Saunders FRCS".


    World Events in 1886

    • First successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe.

    Balcomie links (9 holes) reopens after being redesigned by Tom Morris.

    Ranken-Todd bowl presented to Society.

    'Crail is the home of one of Scotland’s venerable and most unusual tournaments, the Ranken-Todd Bowl, played annually amongst the clubs of Fife and it ranks as one of the greatest tests of skill and endurance in golf'
    – Peter Alliss

    By a Charter from King Robert the Bruce in 1306 the jurisdiction of the Burgh of Crail was declared to extend from the middle of the Water of Leven to the middle of the Brook Putiken (now known as Pitmilly burn) between Kingsbarns and Boarhills. The Ranken-Todd Bowl was intended by its donors as a memorial not only to Captain Ranken and Richard Todd but also as a reminder of the ancient Burgh since the trophy was to be played for by teams within the ancient Burgh.


    Golf in 1895

    • First US Open Championship.
    • Van Cortlant Golf Course in New York opens - first public course in USA.

    World Events in 1895

    • First US patent on an automobile granted.

    Balcomie course extended to 18 holes by Old Tom Morris.

    Burgh Corporation Medal first awarded.


    Golf in 1900

    • Golf included in the Olympics for the first time.

    World Events in 1900

    • Second modern Olympic games held in Paris.

    Crail Ladies Golf Club founded.


    Golf in 1901

    • Walter Travis wins the U.S. Amateur playing a Haskell ball, the first player to win a major using the wound, rubber-core ball.

    World Events in 1901

    • Queen Victoria dies after a reign of 64 years.
  • First meeting after WWI. Two buses were purchased to transport members to and from Crail.


    Golf in 1919

    • Pebble Beach Golf Course Opened.

    World Events in 1919

    • Treaty of Versailles signed by Allies & Germany
  • 200th centenary celebrations


    Golf in 1986

    • Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, wins his sixth Masters championship

    World Events in 1986

    • Nuclear accident at Chernobyl
  • Crail Ladies Golf Club incorporated into Society


    Golf in 1996

    • Tiger Woods wins his third straight U.S. Amateur, the first man to win three in a row

    World Events in 1996

    • Olympic Games held in Atlanta, USA
  • Craighead course opened. Course designer was Gil Hanse.


    Golf in 1998

    • At age 41, Mark O'Meara wins both The Masters and the Open Championship. He's the oldest golfer to win two majors in one year.
  • Centenary of formation of Crail Ladies Golf Club.


    Golf in 2001

    • Annika Sorenstam shoots 59 in the LPGA Standard Register PING, the first sub-60 round on the LPGA tour.

    World Events in 2001

    • George W Bush inaugurated as President of USA
  • Major clubhouse refurbishment completed and clubhouse opened by Sir Michael Bonallack


    Golf in 2009

    • Tom Watson loses Open Championship in a play off at age 59.

    World Events in 2009

    • Barack Obama inaugurated as President of USA.