So when did it all start. when was the original Official Carnoustie Golf Pro Shop establshed?
At the age of 17, Bob Simpson took an apprenticeship with George Forrester whose workshop was close to his home and just across the road from the Elie Links. This was convenient for Bob who honed his golfing skills and when still 17 came second only to James Anderson in an all--comers match at Elie which propelled him forward as an accomplished golfer while still in his teens. His career then took a fast upward turn when he became apprentice to Robert Forgan at St Andrews and it was there his club making talents grew quite noticeably. He had already played many tournament matches with success. While his playing talent was growing, his club making talent was also being noticed having been well schooled by two of the greatest club makers of that time; George Forrester and Robert Forgan. Apart from his club making and golfing prowess, of particular note was his striking character and he was well known as a gentleman and being most polite in all his dealings. Only kind words have been spoken of Bob and even to his death he was regarded with respect as a kind and gentle person.
Such qualities were recognised first when in 1883, at the young age of 20 years, Bob was hired as a professional by the Dalhousie Club of Carnoustie. The Dalhousie Club founded in 1868 recorded in their minutes “… That after careful examination and conversation…. The Chairman stated that he had seen and played with both candidates and on his recommendation the meeting unanimously resolved to appoint R Simpson, St Andrews, for 12 months at a salary of £5 per annum with the full use of the club’s workshop and fittings…”
That was when Bob established his business which at the time was the original Official Carnoustie Golf Pro Shop where Bob was based in his new role as Keeper of the courses. The original official Carnoustie Golf pro Shop soon became famous as he was joined by brothere Archie and Jack.
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