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A scorecard, believed to be the oldest in the world, has been sold at auction for almost £5,000.

Dated December 2, 1820, the framed and mounted scorecard contains the score of a golfer identified only as ‘Mr Cundell’ but who is believed to be James Cundell, the publisher of one of the first-ever golf rulebooks in 1824.

It shows that he played the five-hole course within the Musselburgh Race Track twice.   

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A handwritten note at the bottom of the card says: “Dreadful storm of wind and rain – atmosphere quite yellow – just like the lurid regions of Pandemonium.”

The scorecard was once owned by the great Sir Henry Cotton and was sold at Bonhams’ in Edinburgh.

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Kevin McGimpsey, the auction house’s golfing memorabilia consultant, remarked that the scorecard was in “remarkable condition considering its age and the atrocious weather at the time Mr Cundell played his round”.

 “This original scorecard pre-dates the oldest cards owned by the international golf museums,” McGimpsey told the Edinburgh Evening News. “The fact it was scored and marked in inclement weather nearly 200 years ago is quite phenomenal.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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