mid-1990s, famed golf memorabilia dealer Mort Olman scored what may be his
most famous find in history – a collection of 29 original 1800s
scorecards from Leith Thistle Golf Club. These scorecards are the oldest
original golf scorecards that exist. Instead of being tucked away in a
museum or private golf club’s collection like most truly historic
memorabilia, these famous scorecards have become cornerstone pieces of the
finest private golf collections in the world.
Offered here is the 1825 Leith Thistle “Shield” scorecard –
an exquisite 191 year old scorecard. Thistle Golf Club played its golf on
the Leith Links alongside the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. Among
its many noteworthy accomplishments, Thistle Golf Club may be best-known for
producing one of the first formal Rules of Golf in 1824 – the exact same
year as this scorecard. Just how early is this scorecard in relation to golf
history? Well, the scorecard consists of only 10 holes. The first-ever
mention of a golf course being 18 holes wasn't until two decades later when
the newly-named Royal & Ancient released its own set of rules.
This scorecard measures 3" x 4 3/8" and has been framed to 9" x 10 1/4".