British Golf Museum

Right behind the 1st tee of the Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Club Building in St. Andrews there is a must stop for all serious golfers at the British Golf Museum. In less than an hour you can take in the full history of the development of the game in this part of the world. Early clubs and trophies, period attire, and iconic images of the “Champion Golfers of the Year”-this place is just oozing memorabilia to prod your golfing memory.

British Golf Museum SignThe toil of stuffing the feathery ball made the game expensive to play

Feathery Ball MakerUntil the introduction of the molded Gutta Percha in 1848

Gutta Percha Ball MfgWhich prompted major changes in club design

History of ClubsSome were very innovative……………..

Asst Old ClubsSome were adjustable….and eventually illegal

Adjustable ClubThen there were accessories…the first “kick-stand” club carrier

First Kick Stand BagChallenge for the Silver Club began at St. Andrews in 1754

Silver Club Trophy SA 1754 onThe silver cup from the Musselburgh Challenge dates back to 1774

Musselburgh CupOriginal red Moroccan leather and silver Challenge Belt for The Open Champion

Open Challenge Belt
Replaced by the Claret Jug at the Open Championship in 1872

Claret JugTribute to golf course architecture’s Golden Age of 1920 to 1939

History of GC ArchitectureHonoring Bobby Jones’s connection with British golf

Bobby JonesAnother British golfing favorite son…name is Bond..James Bond

Sean ConneryOpen Championship programs dating back to the mid 1950’s

Open Championship ProgramsAppropriately ends with some wee bits of golf wisdom

SayingsThe R and A has done a marvelous job composing this museum to maximize your understanding of the pivotal role the British Isles have had in the development of our sport.  Much like the USGA Museum in Far Hills does for American golf, you will walk away from this visit with a much keener understanding of the history of golf in Britain.

July, 2016

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