The Royal Burgess Golfing Society – Barnton, Edinburgh

The Royal Burgess Golfing Society is a Scottish golf club which holds the prestigious title of Oldest Golfing Society in the World. The society was established in 1735. The original course lay on Bruntsfield Links, however, moved to its current home at Barnton in 1894 due to overcrowding.

The society began as The Edinburgh Burgess Golfing Society until 1929 when King George V ordered the name to be changed. Many Royals have been members of the club historically and presently including George V, Sir Michael Angus, George VI, Edward VII, and currently The Duke of York.

The Course was designed by Old Tom Morris (1821-1908) a famous golfer who is credited with the title ‘Father of modern golf’. He designed many famous courses including Carnoustie, Kingussie, Muirfield and the New course at St. Andrews.

The Clubhouse is an outstanding example of ‘Arts and Crafts’ architecture from the late Victorian era. The Dining room is lined with ornate timber panelling and architraves draped in rare paintings, golfing memorabilia and trophies.

Hermitage Windows was commissioned to restore the rear elevation windows and upgrade to Heritage Slimlite double glazing.

Many of the original timbers were badly rotten and the original glass was paper-thin. Samples were carefully taken from the moulded timber sections and detailed their exact dimensions. Our skilled workshop joiners ran bespoke cutters and machined all the relevant mouldings before the site work commenced. Our site team then carefully began removing all the layers of old paint from the original frames and revealing the condition of the timbers. They delicately pieced in the new moulded sections and installed the new Slimlite double glazing.

The windows were then coated in a preservative base coat before being finished with four coats of microporous paint.

This was a wonderful project to be involved in, despite the January weather, the contract was completed on time and within budget to allow the full use of the Clubhouse to continue.

As a reward for our efforts, the Hermitage Windows team were awarded a golf day to experience the world-famous course for ourselves.