The Border Golfers Association was started in March 1893, with just seven golf clubs; Hawick, Melrose, Selkirk, Galashiels, Innerleithen, Kelso and Peebles. This was the first association of it kind within Scottish Amateur Golf.
Today, there are 21 affiliated Clubs. The B.G.A. still plays an important and active role in fostering golf locally, and representing the view of Borders’ golfers in the new Scottish Golf Limited.
The Border Championship was instituted in 1893; the Challenge Trophy in 1904; the Hart Cup (Boys Championship) in 1960; the Champion of Champions in 1966 and the Border League in 1976.
Our very first trip to Scotland in July 2016 started in The Borders, a perfect location for that long weekend away, it took us just four hours from Stoke to Selkirk via Tebay Services of course for a bacon butty en-route.
The four courses we played during three visits were all delights and if this is indicative of the quality of Border golf as a whole, it won’t be long until we’re back for more.
The Roxburghe, including our night in the hotel and a trip to the historic town of Peebles and a lovely golf course were our July highlights.
We returned in early October and enjoyed a round at the family owned New Woll Estate followed by a trip later in the month to the wonderfully secluded West Linton Golf Club.
Epitomising the noticeable constant about The Borders, the peace and tranquility, its just all over this lovely region.
The Borders can potentially be used as part of a longer trip to East Lothian or beyond.
It proved to be the start of our journey and our growing love of a country steeped with golfing relevance.
Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso
Telephone: 01573 223 303
Tontine Hotel, Peebles
Telephone: 01721 720 892
Glenbank House Hotel, Jedburgh
Telephone: 01835 862 258