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Its features blend into the flat landscape of the Old Course – a thin channel of water winding sinuously across the 1st and 18th fairways.Nestled between banks flush with the fairways and first green, the ancient burn waits placidly, its patience honed by the passage of countless centuries.It was there long before man settled the nearby town, dedicated to the memory of Saint Andrew.Rabbits, rodents, wildfowl, and later, sheep, were the original inhabitants.Sometimes, charged by gales, this insignificant waterway carried great fish and strange creatures inland from the depths of the sea, and left them to their fate on what is now hallowed golfing ground.
The ancient burn has witnessed half a millennium of laundry spread to dry along its banks.
Countless balls from fiercely-contested matches of futeball and shinty have rolled into its cool waters.
Generations of fearless lads – unable to resist a dare – have jumped into it and splashed in its silted bed. The capricious currents where it flows back into its source – once known as the German Ocean – have claimed many victims, men and boys who couldn’t resist the water’s cool charm and fatally underestimated its deadly hidden strength.
Swilcan – A Burn Protected by Parliament A Victorian historian informs us that, in bygone times, legislation was enacted to preserve the integrity of the ‘Wee Burn’: ‘which has played its part so thoroughly and drastically at times of great competitions’.
No other golf stream is protected by an Act of Parliament in the way that this one is, and its high dignity is unimpeachable.
We are warned, under the usual penalty of a fine or imprisonment, that no one shall wade in the Swilcan Burn, so far as it flows through the Old Course, nor shall any one, except players or caddies in search of their ball, do anything to cause its waters to become discoloured or muddy.