Having survived as a business continuously since 1883, the Simpsons Golf Shop is now acknowledged as the “second oldest golf shop in the world” – an enviable status in what has become a major global industry. But little is really known about the Simpsons family whose name lives on today. Why? ……. because until now the story has never been told. We have started these blogs to tell everyone about the great heritage belonging to Simpsons of Carnoustie. Its also a story about Carnoustie and some of the people that made the Championship Links home to the Open. Its why we have now held 7 Opens and why we welcome back the Open 2018.
So what's the story behind the name. Well the Simpsons family came from from Earlsferry and Elie Royal Burgh in the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland -- the “Home of World Golf”
There were six brothers. All were brilliant dashing players of golf; but Robert, Archie and Jack were pre--eminent in their field. The Simpsons boys were born and raised in Earlsferry (one of the twin villages of Earlsferry and Elie Royal Burgh) in the “Kingdom” of Fife - the most famous golfing county in the world. The village of Earlsferry lies adjacent to Elie and is located a few miles from St Andrews the “Mecca” or “Home of World Golf”. So golf was in the veins of the Simpsons brothers. Their father, Alexander was a stone mason by trade and most of the boys followed in his footsteps; at least for a while. But the family home was just a short distance from the Links of Elie, a wonderful golf course a stone’s throw from where they lived. As youngsters, golf clubs were their toys and in time it was only natural that each of them would reach a level of prominence in the great game of golf.
When Bob Simpson got the job of Superintendent (Keeper of the courses) with the Dalhousie Club it set in train a wonderful legacy which helped to make Carnoustie Golf links what it is today - Home to the Open 2018 which has already hosted 7 Open Championships.
Our blogs will continue the great story of Carnoustie - the Simpsons - The open and the fascinating contribution Carnoustie made to the Home of Golf and the development of the golf industry as we know it.
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