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Antique Golf Clubs from Scotland
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Mungo Park
Alnmouth/Musselburgh
Mungo Park Mungo Park was the younger brother of Willie Park senior and born in Musselburgh in 1835. His early career was as a seaman but he returned to terra firma and, with only a few months' practice, won the 1874 Open Championship on his home course of Musselburgh.

He went to the North of England as a professional at Alnmouth (where he layed out the course), Tyneside and West Cumberland. He is really Mungo Park snr, though never so designated in the records, as his nephew, of the same name, born in 1877, was the one to make more of a splash in the clubmaking world.

For years I have been baffled why the attire in the picture which always accompanies articles about Mungo Park (from Golf Illustrated in the 1920s to Henderson and Stirk and beyond) looked so modern. I am greatly obliged to the grandson of the younger Mungo Park (and himself a Mungo Park) for pointing out that the image is of the Open Champion’s nephew and that the mistake is replicated in the relief carving on the wall of Musselburgh Old Course’s clubhouse. I am also grateful to him for supplying me with one of the few photographs of Mungo snr which now accompanies this article.

He died in 1904.

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