The simpsons Golf Shop has survived as a business in continuous trading since 1883 and for that reason it is now acknowledged as the “second oldest golf shop in the world”. This is an enviable status in what has become a major global industry. But not that many people know much about the story of the Simpsons family whose name lives on today. Until now the story has been told by a few writers but this is our chance to put the record straight. 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. The carnoustie Golf Club has begun to tell the story of the 250 to 300 lads from Carnoustie who went out into the developing world of golf and made it what it is today. They became golf pros and secretaries, golf course designers and coaches, ball makers and club makers in every corner of the world that golf was played. The Carnoustie Club recognises that this great story begun with the Simpsons familiy especially since many of these Carnoustie lads learnt their trade in the Simpsons Shop making clubs and learning the skills the Simpsons brothers were famous for.
So the story of the Simpsons brothers is a great story as they contributed a great deal to the world of golf.. In fact, the Simpsons family came from from Earlsferry and Elie Royal Burgh in the county to the south of the Tay estuary known as the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland -- the “Home of World Golf”
There were six Simpson brothers. They were all brilliant dashing players of golf; but Robert, Archie and Jack became to most proficient and famous in their field. The Simpsons brothers were born and raised in Earlsferry in the “Kingdom” of Fife - the place the world knows to be the most famous golfing county in the world. The village of Earlsferry lies adjacent to Elie and is situated close to St Andrews. Of course, St Andrews became the “Mecca” or “Home of World Golf”. From this it is cleat that golf was in the veins of the Simpsons brothers. Their father, Alexander was a stone mason by trade and two or three of the boys followed in his footsteps. But the family home was just a short distance from the Elie golf Links which is a wonderful golf course just a short distance from where they lived. Growing up, golf clubs were their toys and it was only natural that each of them would reach a level of excellence in the great game of golf.
When Robert Simpson got the job as Keeper of the courses in 1883, it created a wonderful legacy which helped to make Carnoustie Golf links what it is today - Home to the Carnoustie Open 2018 one of the world's greatest links golf courses which has already hosted 7 Open Championships.
Please feel free to follow our blogs as we continue the great story of Carnoustie - the Simpsons - The Open and the tremedous contribution Carnoustie made to the Home of Golf and the development of the golf industry as we know it.
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