Allan Robertson

Full Name
Allan Robertson
Year of Birth
1815
Year of Death
1859 aged 44
Place Born
St Andrews, Scotland
Place Died
St Andrews, Scotland

World Golf Hall of Fame – Class of 2001: Allan Robertson was practically born into golf. Born in 1815 in St. Andrews, Scotland, Robertson’s family reflects the emergence of the game. His grandfather was a caddie at St. Andrews and his father was senior caddie of those who served the Royal and Ancient.

Allan Robertson was born in the Auld Grey Toon of St Andrews at a point in history when golf was beginning to captivate the imaginations of well-heeled gentlemen. Robertson was the pre-eminent club and feathery ball-maker of his time, inheriting his grandfather’s business from his father.

According to Charles Blair Macdonald: “Allan Robertson was the best known golfer of his generation and generally thought to have been the greatest player of his day.” Robertson is also considered to be history’s first professional golfer and he made a good deal of money from winning challenge matches.

A young 14-year-old apprentice called Tom Morris (Old Tom Morris) worked in Robertson’s shop and they became formidable golfing partners. It’s said that the pair never lost a match, but the partnership came to an end soon after Morris beat Robertson in a friendly and Robertson later sacked Morris following a dispute over equipment.

James Balfour, Robertson’s contemporary, wrote the following in Reminiscences of Golf on St Andrews Links: “His style was neat and effective. He held his clubs near the end of the handle, even his putter high up. His clubs were light, and his stroke an easy, swift switch. With him the game was as much of head as of hand. He always kept cool and generally pulled through a match even when he got behind.” In 1858 he became the first golfer to break 80 at St Andrews.

In The Golf Course by Geoff Cornish and Ron Whitten, the authors commented as follows: “At the urging of Sir Hugh Playfair (who, as Provost of St Andrews in 1842, had set about improving the town) Robertson exercised a general supervision of the St Andrews links. He was credited w...

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