Golf rule book expected to fetch up to £50,000 at exclusive auction during The Open at St Andrews

1822 Thistle Golf Club silver prize medal up for auction at golf memorabilia auction.
1822 Thistle Golf Club silver prize medal up for auction at golf memorabilia auction.

The Eden Club at Pittormie Castle, near Dairsie, will be the setting for an exclusiive auction of golfing memorabilia during The Open Championship.

The auction will have just 37 lots, ranging from a rare copy of one of the earliest formal rules of golf, title Rules of the Thistle Golf Club by James Cundell, which is valued about £30,000-£50,000.

This volume was the most important accomplishment of the Thistle Golf Club. Published in 1824, it has an extensive introduction on golf history, which documents the origins of ball games, with the related technology of the leather-bound ball known as the ‘feathery’. It is also expected to reach between £30,000-£50,000..

There are various items relating to the Thistle Golf Club, established in 1815 and which later became the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield.

There is an 1822 Thistle Golf Club silver medal won by George Logan Esq, awarded for a tournament played over Leith Links. The medal comes with the winner’s scorecard recording the scores for each of the ten holes.

Numbers will be limited for the sale in the castle, transformed into an exclusive club in 2005.

Other items include

Paul Roberts, vice chairman of Lyon & Turnbull, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to take part in an exclusive auction of important golfing items.

“Due to the nature of the location we decided to opt for a ticket-only auction audience on a first come-first served basis. For those that can’t get to the auction there will be the opportunity to bid live online or by telephone, so no one will miss out.”

Anyone one interested in receiving a catalogue or attending the sale should contact Lyon & Turnbull on 0131 557 8844.