The arrival of Thomas Comb at Golfhall is the most likely stimulus for the Club's creation.Edinburgh was a city of almost 60,000 by 1755, which means that Bruntsfield must have had the largest number of golfers living within walking distance of the course.
There are, however, particular reasons to believe that Clapcott is right.
Bruntsfield Link’s date of 1761 is a traditional date.
The club minutes of 1790 state that the club had been in existence for thirty years and the centenary celebration was held in 1861.
On the Royal & Ancient, there is little dispute and they have continuous minutes from the date of their first competition to the present day.
However, they did not make arrangements to meet socially until 1766.
The Royal Burgess and Bruntsfield Links were originally one group meeting at Bruntsfield.
Clapcott took the date of ‘prior to 1760’, as the date of the schism, reported by the Bruntsfield Links.
Charles B Clapcott writing to The Scotsman 30th April 1938 Charles B Clapcott, the early 20th century historian of golf, spent much time considering the claims of early golf clubs to their relevant ‘foundation’ dates.
In 1938, he wrote to the Scotsman, as quoted above, to question the list of golf club dates which they had published.
His view of the oldest five clubs’ history was:- He felt the Honourable Company must have been in existence for some years before the 1744 competition was held, as there had been previous requests for such a prize from the Council to sponsor a golf competition, as they had done for the Company of Archers' Silver Arrow forty years before.
It should be noted that he was a member of the Honourable Company, but was commendably objective in his analysis.