The “Royal Golf Silver Trophy”, one of the most ancient in the history of golf, was awarded to winners of tournaments held in Scotland at the start of the XVIII century on courses unlike the true ones we know today.

The trophy consisted of a silver golf club, upon whose shaft was set a silver ball bearing the name of that year's victor; the custom stemmed from the historic tradition of the city of Edinburgh which, every year, presented the Royal Company of Archers with a silver arrow as prize for their tournament.
These tournaments customarily took place in locations chosen as nature dictated - places that to us may seem unusual and much more difficult, such as meadows in open country, country roads, even frozen lakes and rivers.

The players aimed at set targets, wooden pickets, trees and holes of whatever kind. In the course of history, these tournaments have availed themselves of the rules of the “Royal and Ancient Golf Club” of St. Andrews, and since then, have laid down incontestably the typology of the course upon which golf is to be played and the rules by which it is governed.