Musselburgh golf gem tarnished
Council bosses have been accused of an “act of desecration” following cost-cutting changes to Musselburgh’s historic Old Links.
Golfers and residents in the town are angry about a decision by East Lothian Council to fill in 11 bunkers on the famous nine-hole course, without consultation.
Widely recognised as the “cradle of golf,” the course is the oldest in the world still being played and the venue for six Open Championships between 1874 and 1889.
Documentary evidence shows golf being played on Musselburgh Links in 1672, although Mary Queen of Scots is said to have played there in 1567.
Colin Tait, a member of the Old Course Golf Club, said he and fellow members were “astonished” when they discovered that several of the bunkers had been filled in.
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