The Edinburgh Golfers was the first golf association ever formed. The club met for the first time on Leith Links on March 7, 1744. This group, which later became The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, according to their official website, drafted the first 13 rules of golf.
Walter Scott includes the game of golf in "The Heart of Midlothian". After the Porteus Riot, a magistrate is about to examine Butler: "Mr. Middleburgh had taken his seat, and was debating in an animated manner, with one of his colleagues, the doubtful chances of a game of golf which they had played the game before...".