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Golf has been played for centuries, and several clubs claim to be the oldest in the world.

It can be hard to pin down exactly when clubs hundreds of years old were founded.

However, it is widely believed that the Royal Burgess Golfing Society of Edinburgh is the oldest still in existence.

The society claims to have been created in 1735, and originated at Bruntsfield Links in the centre of Edinburgh.

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The first mention of it being established that year was made in an 1834 edition of the Edinburgh Almanac.

Minutes were also discovered from 1773, and one of those present – a shoemaker named Orlando Hart – is believed to be the first-ever golf club captain.

In 1874, due to overcrowding, the club moved to Musselburgh Links but at the end of that century, as golf became more popular, the same problem arose.

At that point, the members relocated again to the club’s current site at Barnton, to a course designed by Old Tom Morris and Willie Park Jr, which was subsequently upgraded by James Braid.

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Previously known as the Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society, the “Royal” prefix was added in 1929 by order of King George V.

He was a member of the club, along with George VI and Edward VIII.

Other notable members include Jack Nicklaus, who has won the most majors of all time, and Ryder Cup legend Bernard Gallacher.

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