100th Inches Open Golf Championship

The Inches Trophy with Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park, Edinburgh, in the Background.The 100th playing of the famous “Inches” Open Golf Championship will take place over the historic Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Course from Monday 11th to Friday 15th August, 2014.

The Inches Trophy was first presented for play in 1904 by Sir Robert Kirk Inches, one of the co-founders of the well-known family business, Hamilton & Inches, jewellers and silvermakers, of George Street, Edinburgh.

The competition is open to all amateur golfers, Ladies and Gentlemen, 14 years and over. and will be limited to the first 32 golfers to apply.

The Inches Trophy and medals will be presented after the final on Friday 15th August.


Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals presented by
Hamilton & Inches Ltd, 87 George Street, Edinburgh.

Play starts at 18:00 Monday to Friday. See Fixture List.

The Secretary, B.S.H.G.C., 27 Buckstone Dell, Edinburgh EH10 6PG. Phone 0131 445 2705

Entries closed. Draw Tuesday 5th August, 2014, after Summer Medal..

Previous Winners of the Inches Trophy


Leith Rules GS versus Bruntsfield Short Hole GC at Leith Links

Leith Rules GS and Bruntsfield Short Hole GC teams at Leith Links

On a fine sunny evening in Leith, golfers once again gathered on the historic Leith Links to enjoy a game of Gouf.

Teams from the Leith Rules Golf Society and the Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club were in attendance for their annual match during Hickory Open Week.

The Leith Rules Golf Society was formed to celebrate the setting down of the original “Rules of Golf” in 1744 and the Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club was formed in 1895 following the original six hole course, dating back to the early 1400s, having beenrestyled into the now very popular thirty-six short hole course.

In keeping with the history of the golf played on the Links, the match was played with historic hickory clubs and old golf balls.

The course for Hickory Week consists of 5 holes laid out between Links Gardens in the west and Seafield Place at the east end of the Links along the full length of Gladstone Place. Each hole is played twice resulting in a challenging 10 hole course.

The Leith Franklin Academical Cricket Club who play cricket on Leith Links allow the golfers to use their Pavilion for the duration of Hickory Open Week and the course is set-up with assistance from Winterfield Golf Course.

The two teams are divided into pairs and the four matches are played as foursomes, best ball, match play.

Alastair Chalmers of Leith Rules GS starts the match with a beautiful drive at the 1st hole.

The first match on the tee was Alastair Chalmers & Eugene Bradley, representing Leith Rules GS against Jimmy Robertson & Ian Fleming representing Bruntsfield Short Hole GC. The match was very close with Bruntsfield winning 2 & 1.

The second match between Pat Denzler & Robin Morris (LRGS) and Gordon Cochrane & Michael Angelini (BSHGC) was won by Bruntsfield 3 & 2.

The third match was between Jim Maguire & Chester Kruk (LRGS) and William Wright & John Hargreaves (BSHGC) with Bruntsfield winning 2 holes up. This was the last match to finish and it was finished in spectacular style with John Hargreaves putting his second shot from off the green straight into the hole for a two.

The last match on the tee was David Maguire & Brian Graham (LRGS) and Stuart Rose & David Rintoul (BSHGC) the match was won by Leith Rules GS 3 & 2.

The matches were played in there usual friendly manner and enjoyed by all.

The famous Leith Links GS Pie and BeansRetiring to the Pavilion after the match the players enjoyed a plate of Pie & Beans and a drink at the bar.

After the meal Brian Graham once again thanked the players for the sporting nature of the play but was dismayed at the defeat. Leith Rules GS had played Musselburgh Old Course GC the night before and also lost and were looking for victory.

The Captain of the Bruntsfield SHGC, Jimmy Robertson, thanked Leith Rules GS for their hospitality and thanked the catering staff, Evelyn Brown and Evelyn Hislop, for preparing the meal and their service behind the bar.

Jimmy Robertson invited the Leith Rules to the Bruntsfield Links for the return match over the Short Hole Course on Thursday 28th of July.

Brian Graham with the maquette of John Rattray which the LRGS hopes to erect on Leith Links. Click for more details.Brian Graham then got to his feet again and asked his team to stand and toast the winners of the match.

After the formalities the players relaxed in the pavilion and talked about golf and all agreed it had been a good night.

On Saturday 9th July the “premier” event the Hickory Open takes place over the same course. An entry form for the event is available on the Leith Rules GS Website.

Leith Rules Golf Society

Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club

Artist's impression of the John Rattray statue in situ on Leith Links. Courtesy LRGS.

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society 250th Anniversary Golf Tournament

Bruntsfield Short Hole Golf Club Starters Hut. Picture: David Rintoul.On Saturday, 18 June 2011, a replica of the original 6 hole golf course will be layed out across Bruntsfield Links from Bruntsfield Terrace to Spottiswoode Road. This will be similar to the original course which was changed in the 1890s to form the present 36-hole Short Hole Course.

The Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society, which dates back to 1761, are holding an Anniversary Golf Tournament with hickory clubs and period dress.

The 36-hole Short Hole Golf Course will be closed for this historic tournament which will take place on Bruntsfield Links on Saturday, 18th June 2011.

Due to safety issues, some paths crossing the area of the Short Hole Golf Course on Bruntsfield Links will closed at various times from 8am until 5.30pm, but alternative access routes will be available on the next pathway over the Links.

The main Leamington Walk will be open at all times and stewards will be on site to assist on crossing points.

If you require any further information, please call the South Edinburgh Local Office on 0131 529 5151.

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society.

Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh. Picture: David Rintoul.

Barbecue (BBQ) Sites on The Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, Edinburgh

BBQ Sites 2014


Download BBQ Sites Map here.

The Barbecue maps are on display at the entrances to the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links.

The areas indicated contain two concrete paving slabs set into the grass side by side to put your BBQs on.

Return of 9 Pin

When I went out at ten o’clock on Sunday morning (7th March) to put the pins out on the BSHGC winter course I noticed the number 9 pin was missing. In this situation you have to use a blank pin, which I did.

When I went out at sunset to take the pins in I noticed two pins in the hole at the ninth green.

I would just like to say a big THANK YOU to the person who found and returned the 9 pin.

A good example of the Wee Society.

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