Ernie Els after winning the 2012 British Open Golf Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes in Lytham, north-west England. (AFP)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - With apologies to St. Andrews, which just might have better public relations, a pretty good case could be made for the hump of land on the southern side of the Firth of Forth known as East Lothian being the true home of golf.
It, too, has its share of world-class links courses and roots to the beginnings of the game. Golf was played at Leith — now a city park in nearby Edinburgh — as far back as 1496.
Leith was the original home to The Honourable Company Edinburgh Golfers, founded in 1744 and responsible for the first Rules of Golf, which numbered 13 then, and can argue was the first “golf club.”