The Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society makes claim to the oldest golf club in the world. Well, offered here is one of the earliest golf medals that we have ever offered - from an 1868 tournament. How early is 1868 within the club's own storied history? Burgess still played golf at its original location at Bruntsfield Links in 1868. It would move to Musselburgh in 1874, and then moved again to its own Willie Park Jr. designed course in 1895. Then, the club received its Royal designation and became Royal Burgess a full six decades after this medal was awarded.
In 1868, the Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society had two formal competitions - one non-handicap tournament in the spring for a gold medal that had to be returned to the club, and one handicap tournament held the first week of October for a silver medal, which the winner got to keep. The winner of the offered medal was a gentleman named Andrew Henderson, who had just joined the club 2 years prior as just its 54th active member. Remember, golf was still a fringe sport in the 1860s.
This exceptionally ornate and large medal measures 4" tall and 2" wide.