The British Golf Museum - St Andrews

The British Golf Museum - St Andrews Adults - £8.50 Concessions - £6.00 Children - Free Group rates available on request
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The 5 star British Golf Museum sits at the heart of the home of golf, just 67 yards from the famous Old Course. Imaginative exhibitions, hands on activities and stunning multimedia displays bring to life over 500 years of golfing history. The British Golf Museum is the world’s premier heritage centre for golf.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Happy #StAndrewsDay 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿We are open from 10am - 5pm today with free entry to the galleries.The Royal and Anci...
30/11/2019

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Happy #StAndrewsDay 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

We are open from 10am - 5pm today with free entry to the galleries.

The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse is open to the public today and our curators are on hand to answer your questions.

Come down and brave the frosty weather to see inside this iconic building.

Play well everyone!  #farandsure #standrewsday #golfhistory ⛳️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
29/11/2019

Play well everyone! #farandsure #standrewsday #golfhistory ⛳️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

To celebrate #StAndrewsDay, golfers will be transported back in time. The Old Course will be played in reverse today and tomorrow as it was originally all those years ago, just like in this photo taken circa 1890.

We send our deepest condolences to Mr Watson and his family.
28/11/2019

We send our deepest condolences to Mr Watson and his family.

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Hilary Watson, wife of Tom Watson our The Open Ambassador.

Our thoughts are with Tom and his family at this sad time.

The teddies have gathered...what do they know?They want a home for Christmas!  Pop into our shop to buy a gift and 're-h...
28/11/2019

The teddies have gathered...what do they know?

They want a home for Christmas! Pop into our shop to buy a gift and 're-home' a Robbie bear.

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Wind, rain, bright sunshine, weather can really affect your game of golf. Maybe, that's why a weather vane is depicted b...
14/11/2019

Wind, rain, bright sunshine, weather can really affect your game of golf. Maybe, that's why a weather vane is depicted behind Old Tom Morris in this portrait by H. J. Brooks.

What weather conditions have you encountered on the course?

#Museum30 #Weather

Artistic flair, creativity and enthusiasm are key ingredients for this #Museum30 Love Story between our expert barista, ...
13/11/2019

Artistic flair, creativity and enthusiasm are key ingredients for this #Museum30 Love Story between our expert barista, Becca and her art of coffee making.☕️

Tell us about your love story Cafe at the museum 🙌

What postcards have you received from St Andrews? Joining in #Museum30 we found this postcard in our Collection. It depi...
11/11/2019

What postcards have you received from St Andrews? Joining in #Museum30 we found this postcard in our Collection.

It depicts golfers on the 18th green of The Old Course in St Andrews, but can you guess when it is from?

Celebrate World Vegan Day at Cafe at the museum ! Whether you are vegan or choose to reduce meat and dairy in your diet,...
01/11/2019

Celebrate World Vegan Day at Cafe at the museum !

Whether you are vegan or choose to reduce meat and dairy in your diet, try some hearty dishes and treats:

Vegan 'Meatball' Marinara (Falafel Focaccia)
Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Date Slice
Vegan Magnum
Dairy Free Hot Drinks (Soya and Almond Milk)

*Pinch, punch, first of the month...*We have gone into our winter opening hours as of today - 10-4pm, with last entry to...
01/11/2019

*Pinch, punch, first of the month...*

We have gone into our winter opening hours as of today -
10-4pm, with last entry to the galleries at 3.15pm.

🖌 - 'Young Tom's Last Match' by Shortspoon, 1875.

We are with our colleagues from the Fife Museums Forum in Dunfermline, speaking to visitors about what is on offer acros...
19/10/2019

We are with our colleagues from the Fife Museums Forum in Dunfermline, speaking to visitors about what is on offer across the Kingdom!

Pop in and say hello!

Bird song has been echoing around the museum today but there are birds in our collection too! You don’t have to look far...
17/10/2019

Bird song has been echoing around the museum today but there are birds in our collection too! You don’t have to look far in our display to find a Hinotori (Japanese Fire Bird) on a Kronos Putter Head.

#LetNatureSing #BirdSong #StAndrews #Golf

The inaugural The Open was held at Prestwick Golf Club on 17 October 1860.  At noon, the first ball was struck by Tom Mo...
17/10/2019

The inaugural The Open was held at Prestwick Golf Club on 17 October 1860. At noon, the first ball was struck by Tom Morris as he and seven fellow professionals competed over three rounds of the 12-hole course.

With no artist or photographer present, the scene on the 1st tee that day has never been seen, until now. This oil by the distinguished Scottish artist Peter Munro captures the moment, as established by the research of Professor David Purdie of The University of Edinburgh.

Using the archives of Prestwick Golf Club, contemporary press coverage, weather reports and even tide-tables, Purdie and Munro worked to recreate the scene of Morris addressing his historic drive.

Munro’s fine portraiture depicts Willie Park Sr, the eventual winner and first Champion Golfer of the Year, and other competitors, caddies and officials, principal among whom is
Lt Col James Ogilvy Fairlie, former Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the ‘Father of The Open’.

17/10/2019
The bird song takeover is coming and we’re spreading the word with RSPB Scotland! Join us on Thursday 17th October to he...
11/10/2019
Birdsong Radio | Bird Song mp3 to Download or Stream - The RSPB

The bird song takeover is coming and we’re spreading the word with RSPB Scotland!

Join us on Thursday 17th October to hear the birdsong, we will be playing it in the galleries and Cafe at 10am, 1pm and 4pm.

Head over to their page or follow this link to read more about how you can get involved: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/campaigning/let-nature-sing/

http://bit.ly/2ISHuWJ

🐦🎵🎶 #LetNatureSing

Enjoy listening to bird song anytime, anywhere with Birdsong Radio. Simply download our bird song app or stream the mp3 live online.

Social interaction playing golf and participating in a team boosts cognitive function. Here are some seriously bright go...
10/10/2019

Social interaction playing golf and participating in a team boosts cognitive function.

Here are some seriously bright golfers in the 1994 Curtis Cup Team!

#WorldMentalHealthDay #Golf #CurtisCup #WomensGolf

May Hezlet wrote about the benefits of playing golf, particularly for women, in her book "Ladies Golf" 1907.She thought ...
10/10/2019

May Hezlet wrote about the benefits of playing golf, particularly for women, in her book "Ladies Golf" 1907.

She thought it was an antidote for depression and that "it was well-nigh impossible to feel depressed or unhappy when when playing an interesting game in the cheerful sunshine".

She saw golf as empowering and a way for women to become self-reliant.

#WorldMentalHealthDay

Laughter draws people together which triggers physical and emotional changes in the body. It strengthens your immune sys...
10/10/2019

Laughter draws people together which triggers physical and emotional changes in the body. It strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.

What do you think Lee Trevino is laughing at the 1983 Open?

#WorldMentalHealthDay #Golf

Fresh air and moderate physical activity provide a powerful mixture for a deep and peaceful sleep.Dick Powell, the Ameri...
10/10/2019

Fresh air and moderate physical activity provide a powerful mixture for a deep and peaceful sleep.

Dick Powell, the American singer, actor and director out for the count, in 1931.

#WorldMentalHealthDay #Golf #Sleep

Walking the course provides physical, mental and social health benefits. These spectators are following their favourite ...
10/10/2019

Walking the course provides physical, mental and social health benefits. These spectators are following their favourite players at the 1920 Womens Amateur at County Down.

#WorldMentalHealthDay #Golf #Walking #SportHistory

Did you know golf has mental health benefits? Take a look with us through the Museum and archives to see how golf can he...
10/10/2019

Did you know golf has mental health benefits? Take a look with us through the Museum and archives to see how golf can help you.

Start in our cafe, green space exposure boosts mood and morale! (A warm cup of coffee might help too.)

#WorldMentalHealthDay #Golf #MuseumCafe #StAndrews

Happy World Space Week! You might say there is something lunar about the golf ball? This ball was released by Spalding i...
07/10/2019

Happy World Space Week! You might say there is something lunar about the golf ball? This ball was released by Spalding in 1971 to commemorate Alan Shepard's golf shots on the moon.

#WorldSpaceWeek #WSW2019 #Golf #GolfTrickShots #TrickShots

There are two opportunities to come and have a chat with us next week.Curatorial Questions on Monday at 10am in Cafe at ...
04/10/2019

There are two opportunities to come and have a chat with us next week.

Curatorial Questions on Monday at 10am in Cafe at the museum, should you have a research question you need answered. There will likely be a few local golf historians joining us too!

If you would prefer a quieter environment, our free Golf Memories meeting is happening on Tuesday at 2pm in the galleries and is open to anyone who would benefit from a relaxed chat their experiences in golf.

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What will equip you more for discovering golf history on a cold day in St Andrews than a woolly scarf and a bunnet*? The...
03/10/2019

What will equip you more for discovering golf history on a cold day in St Andrews than a woolly scarf and a bunnet*? There’re lots to choose from in our Museum Shop!

*Bunnet – Scottish word for a flat brimless hat.

#ScottishMuseumsDay #MuseumShop #Golf

A huge rack of historic golf clubs ⛳️ to teeny tiny golfing trophies 🏆 glimpse behind the scenes at the British Golf Mus...
03/10/2019

A huge rack of historic golf clubs ⛳️ to teeny tiny golfing trophies 🏆 glimpse behind the scenes at the British Golf Museum.

#ScottishMuseumsDay #Golf #StAndrews #GolfHistory #SportsHistory

03/10/2019
Lectures 2018 - Golf Gas and the Great War, the Edinburgh meeting of war poets

Happy Scottish Museums Day!

We are sharing more lectures, including this one from Neil McLennan and Catherine Walker entitled:

"Golf, Gas and the Great War: the Edinburgh meeting of war poets Owen, Graves and Sassoon"

Remember to like, comment and share! 😏

https://youtu.be/_eHZadTRGTA

Thursday 6th September 2018 Neil McLennan and Catherine Walker MBE Golf, Gas and the Great War: the Edinburgh meeting of war poets Owen, Graves and Sassoon. ...

30/09/2019
The Scottish Ladies Team for the International Matches of 1909.  An image that is contained within the photographic albu...
30/09/2019

The Scottish Ladies Team for the International Matches of 1909.

An image that is contained within the photographic albums of the Ladies' Golf Union Collection.

These archives will prove an excellent resource for our upcoming collaborative PhD programme with Glasgow Caledonian University, which will explore the experience for women in golf.

#NSHD2019

Do you follow us on Instagram?Follow our stories @britgolfmuseum. Today we are sharing stories of Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair...
30/09/2019

Do you follow us on Instagram?

Follow our stories @britgolfmuseum. Today we are sharing stories of Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair and his role within St Andrews history.

#NSHD2019

Touch golf history and get up close to some special items of @theopen champions! Join us in our cafe today 2-4pm.Tiger W...
30/09/2019

Touch golf history and get up close to some special items of @theopen champions! Join us in our cafe today 2-4pm.

Tiger Woods’ 2005 Open glove and Padraig Harrington’s 2007 Open shoe will be on display with other items from The Open’s history.

#NSHD2019 #ShareYourSportingHeritage #Golf #TheOpen #StAndrews

We are celebrating National Sporting Heritage Day today, with free entry to the galleries.  There will also be an opport...
30/09/2019

We are celebrating National Sporting Heritage Day today, with free entry to the galleries.

There will also be an opportunity for some object handling in Cafe at the museum from 2pm - 4pm.

#Shareyoursportingheritage with us in our Golf Memories scrapbooks.

Monday 30th is National Sporting Heritage Day and we are celebrating with free entry to the galleries!There will also be...
24/09/2019

Monday 30th is National Sporting Heritage Day and we are celebrating with free entry to the galleries!

There will also be activities in the Museum and online, so get involved and #shareyoursportingheritage

Thanks to Michael from Kingsbarns Distillery & Visitor Centre for coming to give our VisitScotland guests a whisky and g...
22/09/2019

Thanks to Michael from Kingsbarns Distillery & Visitor Centre for coming to give our VisitScotland guests a whisky and gin tasting.

We hope you enjoyed your tour of the Museum.

Cafe at the museum will be open from 8am tomorrow to mark the Captain Driving In ceremony. After you watch the shot down...
19/09/2019

Cafe at the museum will be open from 8am tomorrow to mark the Captain Driving In ceremony.

After you watch the shot down the 1st, pop over to the Museum and warm up with a coffee and bacon roll.
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Join us next month for a lecture about the collections of the Women Golfers Museum.  Discover the stories of pioneering ...
09/09/2019

Join us next month for a lecture about the collections of the Women Golfers Museum.

Discover the stories of pioneering female golfers, and the objects which enrich our galleries.

Book your place with Hannah on 01334 460054 or [email protected]

We had a great time hosting these junior golfers!
26/08/2019

We had a great time hosting these junior golfers!

When SALJGA went to the golf museum

Brilliant afternoon of seeing the history of the game we love so much 🏌🏻‍♀️🏌🏻‍♂️

#saljga #golfmuseum #standrews

Next up on our lecture series we explore the man behind The Ryder Cup.On Thursday 5th September, Peter Fry will be speak...
20/08/2019

Next up on our lecture series we explore the man behind The Ryder Cup.

On Thursday 5th September, Peter Fry will be speaking about Samuel Ryder's life and how he became such a generous benefactor to the sport.

Book your place now with Hannah - [email protected] or 01334 460054

A fantastic celebration of golf heritage!A super lecture from Blyth Bell on the 1921 match that lead to the first offici...
15/08/2019

A fantastic celebration of golf heritage!

A super lecture from Blyth Bell on the 1921 match that lead to the first official Walker Cup match the following year.

Blyth has recently co-authored a book on the history of Royal Liverpool, the venue in 1921 and this year. He spoke about the personalities involved in that early match; including Roger Wethered, Cyril Tolley and a 19-year-old Bobby Jones.

After the lecture Chic Harper, book designer was presented with The Murdoch Medal from The British Golf Collector's Society, for services to golf history. Many of his books have won the award in the past.

It is wonderful to have so many active golf historians researching so many areas of the sport and we are delighted to celebrate their work through these evening lectures.

This Thursday we have a lecture from Blyth Bell on The Walker Cup.  For more information and to book your place contact ...
13/08/2019

This Thursday we have a lecture from Blyth Bell on The Walker Cup.

For more information and to book your place contact
Hannah Fleming, Assistant Curator
[email protected] or 01334 460054

After Blyth’s lecture and Q&A session we will be hosting a special event.

Chic Harper, book designer will be presented with The British Golf Collectors Society's Murdoch Medal, the society's most prestigious award, which is presented annually in recognition of a 'contribution to the heritage of Golf' that year.

Authors of five of his previous books have won this award in recent years.

Does this box bring back any memories?  Did you play using Spalding balls or perhaps Dunlop?  Where did you buy your equ...
12/08/2019

Does this box bring back any memories? Did you play using Spalding balls or perhaps Dunlop? Where did you buy your equipment?

An object like this can bring up lots of stories, whether you are living with dementia or not.

Come and join the conversation tomorrow at our Golf Memories Group, 2 - 3.30pm. Free of charge.

Please feel free to share this post with anyone that might be interested. Contact Hannah on 01334 460054 or [email protected] for more details.

This lovely sketch from "The Golf Artist of St Andrews" Thomas Hodge, had to be shared today on #InternationalCatDay Hod...
08/08/2019

This lovely sketch from "The Golf Artist of St Andrews" Thomas Hodge, had to be shared today on #InternationalCatDay

Hodge, came to St Andrews in 1850s to open a boarding school in the town. He was a natural sportsman and was elected as a member of the Club in 1861.

He seemed to have a compulsion to record the world around him and created a huge number of sketches during his time in St Andrews, including portraits of some of the most important figures of the day.

This particular cat portrait was part of an album donated by his grand daughter.

*DEADLINE EXTENDED*We are delighted to offer a fully funded PhD studentship  "An Oral History of Women's Golf in Scotlan...
30/07/2019

*DEADLINE EXTENDED*

We are delighted to offer a fully funded PhD studentship "An Oral History of Women's Golf in Scotland" in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University, through AHRC and Sporting Heritage.

The candidate will be based in St Andrews within the Museum, and use our collections to form the foundation of their research.

Image from the Ladies' Golf Union photo albums. Final of the 1908 Women's Amateur Championship, won by Maud Titterton.

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/ahrc-cpd-phd-an-oral-history-of-women-s-golf-in-scotland-1945-1995/?p110631

Has anyone watched this new golf film?   Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk is having a showing tonight at NPH Cinema - St ...
23/07/2019

Has anyone watched this new golf film?

Loopers: The Caddie's Long Walk is having a showing tonight at NPH Cinema - St Andrews at 8.15pm.

We are interested to see how the life of a caddie is depicted and the history of this very important profession.

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Bruce Embankment
St Andrews
KY16 9AB

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

01334 460046

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