The original golf pro shop in Carnoustie was established by the Dalhousie Club in 1883 when - at the age of 20 - Bob Simpson was chosen to look after the already famous Carnoustie links. He established his business in the first Simpsons Golf Shop on Links Parade - a few steps along Links parade from where the shop stands today. Being responsible for the Links - golf in carnoustie revolved around the suimpsons golf Shop which was if you like the original official golf pro shop - the first truly official Carnoustie golf pro shop.
Along with his brothers Jack and Archie they became a formidable force in the world of golf but nowhere more than in Carnoustie. Thsee three young lads were already true professionals. Not only fabulous golfers but also ball makers, club makers, coaches and ccourse designers. Havng established his business in 1883 Bob eventually moved to the premisies at 6 Links Parade which - built in 1903 - was previously the establishment of Charles Brand. The earliest record we have of Brand making clubs is around 1890 by which time he was over 40 years of age, having been born in 1849. He had been appointed steward and caretaker to the Caledonia club in Carnoustie in 1889 and took to clubmaking while he was there and starting his own business while remaining as steward until 1908. The building was later sold to Bob Simpson who by the 1920's had become a very successful businessman.
The historic Simpsons Golf Shop is a promiment building. It is certainly inviting with its charming dome and traditional period elevation. It has a timber balustrade (painted sporting green) which straddles a raised veranda frontage. Resplendent in its painted coat of vivid red, blue, green and white; the dome is reminiscent of the original 1920’s cotton golf umbrella. This vibrant blaze of colour is easily seen by golfers finishing their game a few yards away on the eighteenth green and has been a feature in the landscape of the Carnoustie Links since it was built there in 1903. The building was Listed of Architectural merit in 2014 soon after being purchased by the Valentine family from Forfar.
So the Simpsons Golf Shop has a long uninterupted history trading continuosly since 1883 which allows it to claim the title as the "World's 2nd oldest golf shop" (in continuous use). But there is much more to this story than just the shop, however iconic it has become, because the Simpsons family not only left their mark on the heritage of Carnoustie’s famous links but also made a significant contribution to the development of competitive golf and the golf industry that now engages people of all ages from across the globe.
Carnoustie is now preparing for its eighth Open Championship in 2018. Simpsons Golf Shop is looking forward to welcoming the Carnoustie open 2018 and players and spectators from across the globe.
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