Simpsons Of Carnoustie – The World’s Second-Oldest Golf Shop

We talk to Dave Valentine, owner of the second oldest and most recognisable golf shop in the world...

Simpsons Of Carnoustie - The World's Second-Oldest Golf Shop

We talk to Dave Valentine, owner of the second oldest and most recognisable golf shop in the world...

Simpsons Of Carnoustie - The World's Second-Oldest Golf Shop

Ahead of The Open at Carnoustie, we visited the world's second-oldest golf shop.

With its iconic dome and painted veranda, Simpsons of Carnoustie is famous around the world.

It all started when Robert Simpson was employed by the Dalhousie Club when he was just 20 years old. He travelled from St Andrews to become a keeper of the green and a club maker. He established his club-making business in 1883 and this became Simpsons Golf Shop.

We’ve seen over previous pages what a significant contribution Simpson, his brothers and their proteges made to the world of golf. Dave Valentine, current owner of the shop, explains more: “Together with brother Archie, Robert laid out the wonderful course over the links at Royal Aberdeen,” says Dave. “The Simpsons perhaps don’t receive the acknowledgement they deserve as course designers. Other layouts they had an involvement in were Murcar, Cruden Bay, Crieff and Edzell.”

Today, the shop offers a wonderful array of equipment, apparel and memorabilia. Especially popular are the hickory golf clubs, made exactly as they were 100 years ago by the St Andrews Golf Company. “The world’s oldest golf equipment business supplying the second oldest,” as Dave puts it.

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Simpsons has many customers from the UK, some from the USA and a growing number in China. “I have experience working in China so it makes sense to build the brand there,” he says. “I established a ‘Simpsons Heritage Lounge’ at Zhongshan International Golf Resort and my vision is to have five or six across China.”

Another attraction is the collection of bag tags, gifted by visitors from all over the world, that hang from the rafters – Valentine estimates over 2,500.

No trip to Carnoustie would be complete without a visit to Simpsons, to soak up the incredible character the old building has to offer and to collect your very own piece of history.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. Elliott graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He is obsessed with the game and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey. His handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Honma TR20B

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x