Carnoustie's great golf Heritage made Carnoustie a truly great Open venue

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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