Allan Robertson


Allan Robertson (1815 - 1859) was a golf player, considered one of the first professional golfers. He was born in Saint Andrews, Scotland, the "home of golf".

In the mid 19th century golf was played by well off gentlemen as hand-crafted clubs and balls were expensive. Professionals made a living from playing for bets, caddying, ball and club making and tuition. Robertson was the most famous of these pros. Tradition has it that Robertson himself was never beaten as an individual when playing for money. He sometimes played less than his ability in order to minimise the odds he had to give to opponents. Robertson is generally regarded as being the best golfer between 1840 and 1845, even after the arrival of the Park and Morris families. Indeed he was the first to score below 80 on the Old Course, St. Andrews.