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.

This is noted as “Old Tom’s Last Photo” in our album from the Ladies’ Golf Union.  It was taken during the 1908 ...
18/05/2019

This is noted as “Old Tom’s Last Photo” in our album from the Ladies’ Golf Union. It was taken during the 1908 Womens Amateur Championship at St Andrews, won by Maud Titterton. Tom laid out the first course for women, used by The St Andrews Ladies Putting Club in 1867.
#PhotoMW

'St Andrews Golfers' is perhaps the earliest golf photograph. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson photographed the sc...
18/05/2019

'St Andrews Golfers' is perhaps the earliest golf photograph. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson photographed the scene in 1845. The Hill and Adamson partnership produced work which was highly influential on the artform of photography worldwide.

The artist, Charles Lees used the photograph as a compositional aid for his painting, 'The Golfers'. Lees may have even commissioned it from Hill and Adamson.

Take a closer look, at both the photograph and painting, in our exhibition, The Golfers: A Grand Match Played.
#PhotoMW

Golfers who crossed the Irish Sea for the 1895 Womens Amateur Championship at Portrush, seized the opportunity to explor...
17/05/2019

Golfers who crossed the Irish Sea for the 1895 Womens Amateur Championship at Portrush, seized the opportunity to explore nearby attractions in Northern Ireland, visiting Dunluce Castle and Giant’s Causeway.

Perhaps, golfers and spectators, at The Open, will do the same in July!

#ExploreMW #GiantsCauseway #Golf

The Cafe at the Museum will be closed Wednesday 22 May for a private function. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenie...
17/05/2019

The Cafe at the Museum will be closed Wednesday 22 May for a private function. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Explore the origins of golf! The game, as we know it today, began in Scotland but other ball and stick games developed a...
17/05/2019

Explore the origins of golf! The game, as we know it today, began in Scotland but other ball and stick games developed around the world. Colf, Kolf, Jeu De Mail, Jeu De Crosse and Chuiwan are on display at the Museum, but where are they from?
#ExploreMW #MuseumWeek

Who is your golfing hero? Our youngest golf historian, Ava, visited the Museum to do a spot of research on her hero, the...
16/05/2019

Who is your golfing hero? Our youngest golf historian, Ava, visited the Museum to do a spot of research on her hero, the Scottish Amateur, Dorothy Campbell.

While in St Andrews, Ava squeezed in some practice! Getting into character, she addressed the ball, practiced her putting and played a round on the Balgove Course. Good luck with your golf Ava!

#MuseumsSparkJoy #MuseumWeek #Golf

Another beautiful venue for our Road to The Open tour.  We are delighted to be sharing the history of The Open with pupi...
16/05/2019

Another beautiful venue for our Road to The Open tour. We are delighted to be sharing the history of The Open with pupils from this area.

#theopen

It’s almost looks like another world! #Throwback to a photo from 2013 of a rainbow arching over the Museum roof.  This...
16/05/2019

It’s almost looks like another world! #Throwback to a photo from 2013 of a rainbow arching over the Museum roof. This was before our Café was built, which now has a some of the best views in St Andrews.
#RainbowMW #MuseumWeek #ThrowbackThursday

It takes a born organiser and plenty of enthusiasm to set up a museum. Few people did more to promote women’s golf tha...
16/05/2019

It takes a born organiser and plenty of enthusiasm to set up a museum. Few people did more to promote women’s golf than Mabel Stringer. ‘Auntie Mabel’ was the driving force behind the Women Golfers’ Museum. Discover its collection in our galleries!

An accomplished golfer, Mabel competed in the Womens Amateur 11 times between 1894 and 1907. She was also one of the first female golf journalists, working for a variety of publications and established the Girls Amateur Championship in 1919. Visit our new exhibition about the Girls Amateur Championship to discover 100 years of its history.
#MuseumsSparkJoy

Would you rather play Golf Charto, Golf Kargo Card Game, or Golfer's Maze?#PlayMW #MuseumWeek #Golf #GolfGame
15/05/2019

Would you rather play Golf Charto, Golf Kargo Card Game, or Golfer's Maze?
#PlayMW #MuseumWeek #Golf #GolfGame

Would you rather play Billy Mac's 'Tee It Up' or Arnold Palmer's narrated 'Golf Instructions'?#MuseumWeek #PlayMW
15/05/2019

Would you rather play Billy Mac's 'Tee It Up' or Arnold Palmer's narrated 'Golf Instructions'?
#MuseumWeek #PlayMW

Whet your appetite with some insider knowledge about our Café! The new menu is launching on Thursday and you get to bro...
14/05/2019

Whet your appetite with some insider knowledge about our Café! The new menu is launching on Thursday and you get to browse what’s in store first. Which new culinary delight will you try first?

#SecretsMW #MuseumCafe #StAndrews

The oldest known set of golf clubs, The Troon Collection, are proudly on display at The British Golf Museum. Did you kno...
14/05/2019

The oldest known set of golf clubs, The Troon Collection, are proudly on display at The British Golf Museum. Did you know that they were only uncovered from a cupboard in Maister House, Hull, in 1898? How did they get to Hull? Who did they belong to? What do these unusual markings mean? Visit the Museum and search for more clues.

#SecretsMW #GolfHistory #GolfClubs

Celebrate Museum Week beginning with today's theme, Women in Culture!Catriona Matthew wore these shoes at the 2003 Solhe...
13/05/2019

Celebrate Museum Week beginning with today's theme, Women in Culture!

Catriona Matthew wore these shoes at the 2003 Solheim Cup. Europe won the trophy for a 3rd time since the event’s inception. Matthew will Captain Team Europe at The Solheim Cup in Gleneagles, this September.

#WomeninSport #SportingHeritage #Golf

A further notice regarding the closure of Cafe at the museum next week.
30/04/2019

A further notice regarding the closure of Cafe at the museum next week.

The light in the Café today is so bonny. Pop in over the weekend for lunch or even a beer on the terrace, especially ni...
26/04/2019

The light in the Café today is so bonny.

Pop in over the weekend for lunch or even a beer on the terrace, especially nice if the sun stays with us! 🌞

Catch the land train from just outside the Museum, a great way to see the town!
23/04/2019

Catch the land train from just outside the Museum, a great way to see the town!

Good News. We are poised for our first outing tomorrow and the weather looks great! New timetable this year. From Bruce Embankment (near golf museum) times are:- 1230, 1315, 1400, 1500, 1545, 1630. We are out Friday to Monday this weekend then weekends only unti the end of June. Every day July & August. Fife Tourism Partnership Tourism St Andrews St Andrews Harbour St Andrews Business Club

*Hop...Hop* The Easter Bunny has come for a look around the galleries! Children visiting the Museum over this #EasterWee...
18/04/2019

*Hop...Hop*

The Easter Bunny has come for a look around the galleries! Children visiting the Museum over this #EasterWeekend should get on his trail!

Every child who enters will have the chance to win their own bunny and maybe pick up a chocolate egg. #standrews #kids

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Have you tried our scones?  Discover the recipe and what inspires our Head Chef Aaron Lumsden in this #DesertIslandChef ...
17/04/2019
Desert Island Chef: Aaron Lumsden, head chef at the British Golf Museum Cafe, St Andrews - The Courier

Have you tried our scones? Discover the recipe and what inspires our Head Chef Aaron Lumsden in this #DesertIslandChef interview with The Courier.

Cafe at the museum

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/food-drink/862127/desert-island-chef-aaron-lumsden-head-chef-at-the-british-golf-museum-cafe-st-andrews/

Aaron Lumsden, head chef at the British Golf Museum Cafe in St Andrews, sings the praises of tomatoes and other foods to Caroline Lindsay

16/04/2019
The R&A

Great to see Golf Memories being celebrated during Golf and Health Week.

Carnoustie Golf Memories encourages people with dementia to reconnect with golf by taking a trip down memory lane 🏌️🏌️‍♀️

See how the scheme gives its members a new lease of life 👉 po.st/GolfImprovingLives

Wearing just as well as the man himself! If, like us, you’re still buzzing from Tiger Woods’ victory at The Masters,...
15/04/2019

Wearing just as well as the man himself! If, like us, you’re still buzzing from Tiger Woods’ victory at The Masters, step back in history to see the Champion’s shirt, hat and glove from the 2000 Open at St Andrews. #TigerWoods #Golf #GolfHistory #TheOpen #StAndrews @ The British Golf Museum - St Andrews

Would the person who left their bat car in the Museum Shop please come and pick it up. It's playing havoc in the galleri...
15/04/2019

Would the person who left their bat car in the Museum Shop please come and pick it up. It's playing havoc in the galleries: driving in with the Captain, jamming the road to The Open, and hogging the putting green.

Cafe at the museum will be closed from 12 noon on Thursday 11th April.  This is due to a private function and will be op...
08/04/2019

Cafe at the museum will be closed from 12 noon on Thursday 11th April. This is due to a private function and will be open as normal on Friday 12th at 9.30am.

The Museum and shop will remain open on Thursday afternoon until 5pm.

'100 Years of the Girls Amateur Championship' is now open, a new display which celebrates the girls who competed in this...
03/04/2019

'100 Years of the Girls Amateur Championship' is now open, a new display which celebrates the girls who competed in this event and went on to have a huge impact on the women's game.

Good morning and welcome to Summer hours at the BGM!We are open 9.30am - 5pm from today.⛳️☀️
01/04/2019

Good morning and welcome to Summer hours at the BGM!

We are open 9.30am - 5pm from today.⛳️☀️

What are you doing this weekend?You should be coming to see our new exhibition "The Golfers: A Grand Match", which is op...
29/03/2019

What are you doing this weekend?

You should be coming to see our new exhibition "The Golfers: A Grand Match", which is open from tomorrow.

The exhibition celebrates the impressive painting from Cupar born artist, Charles Lees.

It portrays a foursomes match on the St Andrews Links, in which the great and the good of golfing society in Scotland are featured.

Rarely seen artworks and objects from the Club's collection are also included in the display.

If you do come to see the painting, why not recreate some of the poses and tag us in your photos.

We are looking forward to our next lecture which takes place on 9th May at 7pm.  Imogen Gibbon of National Galleries of ...
29/03/2019

We are looking forward to our next lecture which takes place on 9th May at 7pm. Imogen Gibbon of National Galleries of Scotland will be looking at their sporting art collections and the wonderful portraits that feature our sporting heroes.

There will be an opportunity after the lecture to view our new exhibition for this year which focuses on 'The Golfers' painting and the other works in the Club's collection from the artist Charles Lees.

Please book your place now!

26/03/2019

Cafe at the museum will be open later today at 11am, due to staff training. The Museum will still open at 10am.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Visit this weekend for your last chance to see our exhibition, Henry Cotton: A Pioneering Professional.
16/03/2019

Visit this weekend for your last chance to see our exhibition, Henry Cotton: A Pioneering Professional.

The Kangaroo's Paw Trophy is for the Lowest Net Handicap Score in the Royal and Ancient Golf Club's Spring Medal Competi...
14/03/2019

The Kangaroo's Paw Trophy is for the Lowest Net Handicap Score in the Royal and Ancient Golf Club's Spring Medal Competition. It was gifted to the Club from the Australian Golf Union. Can you guess what else it was used for?

#TaxidermyWeek #Golf #StAndrews

We've had two great sessions of Golf Memories this week. Yesterday, we welcomed new members to our St Andrews Group and ...
13/03/2019

We've had two great sessions of Golf Memories this week.

Yesterday, we welcomed new members to our St Andrews Group and today we met a member of Pitreavie Golf Club who had witnessed Ben Hogan win The Open in 1953.

If you are interested in coming along to either group, contact Hannah Fleming on 01334 460054 or [email protected]

09/03/2019
Cafe at the museum

Book your tickets now for this gin tasting event in the Cafe now!

Book a date in your diary.
Saturday the 6th of April.
An event not to be missed.
Cafe at the Museum teams up with Pilgrim Gin for an exclusive Gin Tasting event.
Tickets are limited so book now!!!!!!

Cafe at the museum
Pilgrim's Gin

In celebration of International Women's Day, colleagues from The R&A attended a networking breakfast in Cafe at the muse...
08/03/2019

In celebration of International Women's Day, colleagues from The R&A attended a networking breakfast in Cafe at the museum this morning.

Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director - Golf Development spoke about the importance of building strong, supportive networks and we shared stories about the people who have made a positive impact on our lives and careers.

Assistant Curators, Rebecca and Hannah then brought everyone into the galleries to highlight objects in the collection from inspiring female players and champions such as Joyce Wethered, Poppy Wingate, Laura Davies and Georgia Hall.

It was a highly engaging morning, and wonderful to see our colleagues enthusiastic about the history and stories of such pioneering women in golf.

#IWD2019

Another peek into the Ladies Golf Union photograph albums provides us with some  perfect images to share on Internationa...
08/03/2019

Another peek into the Ladies Golf Union photograph albums provides us with some perfect images to share on International Women's Day.

The 116th Womens Amateur will be held at Royal County Down this year.

The Club hosted in 1920, with Cecil Leitch taking home the trophy for a second time. She would win the Championship four times in total.

The players in the first image are said to be "inspecting the local rules".

Which player will have her name engraved on same trophy this year?

#IWD2019

It is #WorldBookDay and we have looked out these instructional books from female Champions Joyce Wethered and May Hezlet...
07/03/2019

It is #WorldBookDay and we have looked out these instructional books from female Champions Joyce Wethered and May Hezlet.

'Ladies Golf' by Hezlet was published in 1904 and 'Golfing Memories and Methods' by Wethered published in 1933.

They include helpful information for golfers; such as handicapping details, notes on form and correct golf shots. Hezlet enlisted her friends and colleagues, including Rhona Adair to illustrate shots. Wethered talks about the physical aspects of playing golf and goes into great detail but she also is keen to discuss the mental strength needed for golf.

These are wonderful insights into the mind of the inspirational female golfers.

What is your favourite golf book you have read or have in your collection?

On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we work with Alzheimer Scotland to run a monthly social group for people living with de...
05/03/2019

On the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we work with Alzheimer Scotland to run a monthly social group for people living with dementia and memory loss. Sharing our golf collections and archives, enables us to spark discussions with group members.The meetings are accessible for those who have a dementia diagnosis, but anyone with an enthusiasm for golf, who wishes to share their memories is welcome.

Pancake Day tomorrow! Just a 'Fore!' taste of the sweet fluffy goodness available at the Cafe at the museum, overlooking...
04/03/2019

Pancake Day tomorrow! Just a 'Fore!' taste of the sweet fluffy goodness available at the Cafe at the museum, overlooking the first tee.

We've been sporting some great looks since 1990...A #throwbackthursday special today with an image of our former Directo...
28/02/2019

We've been sporting some great looks since 1990...

A #throwbackthursday special today with an image of our former Director, Peter Lewis accepting a donation from 1963 The Open Champion Sir Bob Charles.

Do you remember the site before the BGM was built?

Congratulations to Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) Golf Club - announced today as the venue for the 151st Open in 2022.  The f...
26/02/2019

Congratulations to Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) Golf Club - announced today as the venue for the 151st Open in 2022.

The first The Open to be held at Royal Liverpool in 1897, was won by an amateur and one of their own members...do you recognise him from this Thomas Hodge sketch?

Must have been a blustery day in 1892 when Hodge drew him!

22/02/2019
Sitara Charity Fashion Show

Cafe at the museum is such a beautiful venue and it looked extra special for this recent fashion event...thanks to Sitara Charity Fashion Show for sharing this and for choosing us. Was great to host you all.

SITARA CHARITY FASHION SHOW

Thank you to our guests who attended Sitara’s 2019 Model Launch at the @The British Golf Museum - St Andrews

And thank you to the Saint for their review of the evening.
http://www.thesaint-online.com/2019/02/review-sitara-launch/

VIP Table Ballots for Sitara 2019 coming soon.

Videography by Luke Arghiros, Lightbox St Andrews

It's Love Your Pet Day, do you know of any golfers with furry or feathery companions?The two-time Amateur Champion, Fred...
20/02/2019

It's Love Your Pet Day, do you know of any golfers with furry or feathery companions?

The two-time Amateur Champion, Freddie Tait was often seen out playing with his scruffy terrier, ‘Nails’.

Tait served in the Black Watch and was killed at Koodoosberg Drift in the Boer War, in 1900. When he was found on the battlefield, there was a letter from home in his pocket with a paw mark from his beloved dog, 'Nails'.

Freddie Tait: A Heroic champion is on display at The British Golf Museum until the end of March.

Can you spot the love put into this cleek?The signature cleekmark for this hickory goosenecked putter is a heart and arr...
14/02/2019

Can you spot the love put into this cleek?

The signature cleekmark for this hickory goosenecked putter is a heart and arrow and was made in the early 20th Century by Walter Reynolds Hewitt.

Cleekmarks were stamped on the iron club heads, and as the recognised maker's mark.

They come in various forms but this one is perfect for Valentine's Day!

If you were a cleekmaker, which symbol would you chose... Perhaps you could use your favourite emoji to tell us.

♥️⛳

#LoveGolf.

Henry Cotton, the three-time Open Champion, met his wife ‘Toots’ when she signed up for ninety golf lessons with him...
14/02/2019

Henry Cotton, the three-time Open Champion, met his wife ‘Toots’ when she signed up for ninety golf lessons with him. Toots had a good head for business and was a driving force behind her husband’s success. Henry even commissioned his Open medals to be made into bracelets for her.

In an exciting programme of exhibitions, the Museum reveals stories from its collections. Henry Cotton: A Pioneering Professional is on display until the end of February.

Gloria Minoprio’s outfit at the 1933 English Ladies Championship caused quite a stir. She was the first woman to wear ...
13/02/2019

Gloria Minoprio’s outfit at the 1933 English Ladies Championship caused quite a stir. She was the first woman to wear trousers at a major ladies’ championship.

Her outfit was deemed inappropriate at the time and there was a fear that the wearing of trousers by ladies would result in a slip in standards of etiquette. Gloria’s ground-breaking fashion led to more freedom of choice for women.

You can find Gloria’s stylish outfit on display in the Museum, and modern golf clothing in the Museum shop.

Guess the golf ball! Here are 7 very different balls from our collections. Spanning across 6 centuries, can you guess wh...
12/02/2019

Guess the golf ball! Here are 7 very different balls from our collections. Spanning across 6 centuries, can you guess what they are and when they date from?

(Clue: They're not all technically 'golf')

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Bruce Embankment
St Andrews
KY16 9AB

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

01334 460046

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