"Despicable!" - People play football on greens of 'world's oldest course'

Musselburgh Golf Copy

Golfers have reacted furiously after footage of a group of men playing football on the greens of the world's oldest golf course was shared on social media.

Top golf coach Oliver Morton posted a short video clip to Twitter which appears to show four men kicking a ball around on one of the putting surfaces at Musselburgh Links. 

The course, like all others across Scotland, is currently closed due to coronavirus-enforced restrictions.

"No golf allowed on the #MusselburghOldCourse  @MusselburghRace but it appears people seem to think Football is ok," tweeted Morton.

• Change made to plans to re-open English courses

• Member threatens to sue club over COVID closure

"Despicable considering the tireless work the @MusselburghOld Team are doing to keep the Worlds Oldest Golf Course so immaculate (at personal risk I might add)!"

Check out the footage for yourself...

Morton added that the footage was filmed this evening (Monday, May 11) at around 5.30pm. 

In follow-up tweets, he said that he had seen other incidents on the course.

• Rory McIlroy hailed as "King of the PGA Tour"

Fellow coach Gary Nicol described the behaviour as "shocking" whilst another Twitter user said: "I hope the ghost of Mrs Forman haunts them."

Musselburgh Links claims to be the oldest golf course in the word, with "documented evidence" showing that golf was played as far back as 1672. Together with Prestwick and St Andrews, it was one of the three courses which staged the Open on rotation in the 1870s and 1880s, playing host to the event six times in all. 

Musselburgh Links is the latest course to be misused since restrictions designed to contain the spread of COVID-19 were introduced by the UK government on March 23.

The Bishopbriggs Golf ClubCrow Wood and Nairn Golf Club as well as Walton Heath, Ballumbie Castle and Cowglen have reported incidents of their own, whilst a couple was caught having sex in a bunker at Glenbervie.

Following the most recent update by the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last Thursday, golf courses in Scotland remain closed for play

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
The one swing thought EVERY golfer needs
lessons
play button
FOOTJOY PRO|SL CARBON vs ECCO S-THREE - Are these the best spikeless golf shoes money can buy?
FootJoy
play button
A simple way to get better rhythm in your golf swing
lessons
play button
This drill will fix your backswing... INSTANTLY!
lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

WATCH: Justin Thomas enjoys outrageous luck en route to WGC win
Listen up! The new golf podcast from bunkered is here!
European Tour pro takes a BOAT to find his ball - yes, really!
PGA Tour star OUT of US PGA after positive COVID test
Golf club responds to ex-footballer’s ‘racism’ allegations

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Don’t take the club away to the inside
Watch
play button
Let your arms and shoulders work together
Watch
play button
Extend the arms after impact
Watch
play button
Maintaining a strong dynamic loft at impact
Watch
See all videos right arrow