The R&A World Golf Museum

The R&A World Golf Museum The R&A World Golf Museum is home to golf's history, just 67 yards from the famous Old Course, St An The Museum is entering a new era in its history.
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After a long period of closure The R&A is pleased to welcome visitors to The R&A World Golf Museum. Re-named and re-branded to connect the Museum more visibly to the organisation of which it is part, namely The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and The R&A, the Museum offers a fresh and exciting approach to the display and interpretation of golf's history. There's a lot to explore at this 5 star visitor

experience. Our new immersive galleries bring the Past, Present and Future of Golf to Life Around You. Thousands of fascinating objects, some on display for the first time and dating back over 400 years, bring to life hidden stories of the game and it's personalities. Our fabulous Shop and rooftop Café are open for all to enjoy. Step outside and you are just yards away from the 1st tee of the iconic Old Course. Welcome to St Andrews.

09/01/2024

Looking to hold an event or private dinner in 2024? The Niblick can provide the perfect space.

Wow your guests with a completely bespoke experience, surrounded by the history of golf.

For more details, please contact [email protected]

📸: Golf Connects Scotland

Happy New Year from everyone at the R&A World Golf Museum!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year from everyone at the R&A World Golf Museum!

Looking for something to do over the festive period? Come and visit the R&A World Golf Museum. We've got hours of entert...
28/12/2023

Looking for something to do over the festive period? Come and visit the R&A World Golf Museum. We've got hours of entertainment for all the family!

Merry Christmas from everyone at the R&A World Golf Museum 🎄
25/12/2023

Merry Christmas from everyone at the R&A World Golf Museum 🎄

❄ Winter Opening Hours ❄
21/12/2023

❄ Winter Opening Hours ❄

Please note that the R&A World Golf Museum will close at 3pm on Friday 15 December.Last entry to the Museum galleries wi...
14/12/2023

Please note that the R&A World Golf Museum will close at 3pm on Friday 15 December.

Last entry to the Museum galleries will be 2.15pm

Little Niblicks (Children aged 0-5 years old) helped us decorate our Christmas tree with treasures from our museum colle...
08/12/2023

Little Niblicks (Children aged 0-5 years old) helped us decorate our Christmas tree with treasures from our museum collection?

Can you spot any you recognise?

[Image of a green paper Christmas tree with cut-out photographs of museum objects like golf balls and medals decorating it]

Thank you to those that attended our late night festive shopping event last night! 🎄Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to ...
08/12/2023

Thank you to those that attended our late night festive shopping event last night! 🎄

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to come along, our sale is still available!

Pop into the Museum Shop to pick up the perfect Christmas present or a treat for yourself 🎁

07/12/2023

Our Scotch Coffee is the perfect winter warmer ☕️

Don’t forget to pop into our late night festive shopping event tomorrow evening 🎄We’ve got a wide selection of sale item...
06/12/2023

Don’t forget to pop into our late night festive shopping event tomorrow evening 🎄

We’ve got a wide selection of sale items including; The Open, AIG Women’s Open and Walker Cup merchandise.

It’s time for a winter sale! 🎄The sale will be launched at our Late Night Festive Shopping event on Thursday 7 December....
01/12/2023

It’s time for a winter sale! 🎄

The sale will be launched at our Late Night Festive Shopping event on Thursday 7 December. Don’t miss out!

Consider   well and truly celebrated!  We had a wonderful time during our   session with St Andrews Heritage Museum & Ga...
30/11/2023

Consider well and truly celebrated!

We had a wonderful time during our session with St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden - lots of stories of how the town has marked this date in years gone by.

Listen out on Tay FM for a feature on us!



[Image description - All images show groups of people of varying ages sitting and chatting around a table filled with images, archives and books.]

What a way to spend St Andrew’s Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
30/11/2023

What a way to spend St Andrew’s Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

We've completed 30 days of posting!     it's been an amazing challenge and a wonderful way to interact with our audience...
30/11/2023

We've completed 30 days of posting! it's been an amazing challenge and a wonderful way to interact with our audiences.

? We can't imagine a world without celebrating the heritage of our sport and discovering new ways to tell those stories.

Our new is launched today on , which enables younger visitors to navigate the galleries. We're also looking forward to our meeting this afternoon.

Learning from our community what the town and has meant to them.

[Image Description - the new children's trail booklet is displayed is the galleries]

As part of our   celebrations come along to our St Andrews Memories session hosted in collaboration with St Andrews Heri...
29/11/2023

As part of our celebrations come along to our St Andrews Memories session hosted in collaboration with
St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden at 2pm in our Learning Room.



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To celebrate St Andrew’s Day, we are offering free entry into our Museum galleries tomorrow. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Come and explore th...
29/11/2023

To celebrate St Andrew’s Day, we are offering free entry into our Museum galleries tomorrow. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Come and explore the past, present and future of golf in our inspiring galleries.

Golf sadly lost an iconic pairing over the last two years.  Lady Angela Bonallack (1937-2022) and Sir Michael Bonallack ...
28/11/2023

Golf sadly lost an iconic pairing over the last two years.

Lady Angela Bonallack (1937-2022) and Sir Michael Bonallack (1934-2023), are both regarded as two of the most prolific amateur golfers of their era.

📷1957 Open Mixed Foursomes Sunningdale Golf Club



[Image description a black and white photograph of a female golfer having just taken her shot, the club swung behind her head. She is wearing dark trousers and a lighter coloured knitted sweater and a close fitting hat. Her male partner is behind her, watching with a smile. He is holding a golf club in his hand.]

A limb from the true apple tree - beneath which the Founders of St Andrews of America planned the golf conquest of the U...
27/11/2023

A limb from the true apple tree - beneath which the Founders of St Andrews of America planned the golf conquest of the United States in 1888."

Founded by Scottish businessman John Reid at Yonkers, New York, the Saint Andrew's Golf Club is the oldest in the US.



[Image description - a tree branch which is brown and has silver added to each end and silver plaque in the middle.]

Vocabulae Latinae Linguae SubsidiisDavid Wedderburn, Master of Aberdeen Grammar School, encouraged pupils to learn Latin...
26/11/2023

Vocabulae Latinae Linguae Subsidiis

David Wedderburn, Master of Aberdeen Grammar School, encouraged pupils to learn Latin through familiar phrases

His 1636 book gives an insight into how golf was played. Tee your ball on sand and avoid the bunkers!



[Image description - a book is held open, the text is in Latin]

Like his father-in-law Max Faulkner, the 1976 British PGA Matchplay champion Brian Barnes featured here had a playing st...
25/11/2023

Like his father-in-law Max Faulkner, the 1976 British PGA Matchplay champion Brian Barnes featured here had a playing style as colourful as these sweaters.

This Slazenger catalogue, from the same year, showcases all the latest styles for fashionable golfers.



[Image description - an image from a fashion catalogue featuring two couples of a man and a woman. They are all wearing sweaters in primary colours; yellow, red, green and blue. They are also wearing flared and checked trousers. The man in blue is Brain Barnes]

You’ll be spoiled for choice with our wide range of accessories to choose from in our gift shop. Explore our unique gift...
24/11/2023

You’ll be spoiled for choice with our wide range of accessories to choose from in our gift shop. Explore our unique gifts to treat yourself and your loved one this Christmas!

Katharine Hepburn learned to play golf as a child and lived on 14th hole at Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles. She and S...
23/11/2023

Katharine Hepburn learned to play golf as a child and lived on 14th hole at Bel-Air Country Club, Los Angeles.
She and Spencer Tracy appeared in "Pat and Mike", a in which she played a golf and tennis champion. It featured LPGA members, including Babe Zaharias.

[Image description - A black and white photograph from the 1940s. It features two young women, one is Katherine Hepburn. She is swinging a golf club.]

From around 1910 to 1925, seed merchants Messrs. James Carter & Co. presented pocket watches to the Champion Golfer of t...
22/11/2023

From around 1910 to 1925, seed merchants Messrs. James Carter & Co. presented pocket watches to the Champion Golfer of the Year and runner-up of

Jim Barnes won his at the last to be held , the birthplace of the Championship.



[Image 1 features a gold pocket watch, chain and coin. Image 2 is the reverse. There is engraving on the back of the pocketwatch "Presented to J.M. Barnes Winner of the British Open Golf Championship at Prestwick on June 25 - 26th 1925 by Messers James Carter & Co Seed Merchants to H.M. King George V Raynes Park London England]

21/11/2023

Cocktails now available at The Niblick 🍸

Over the next four days we’ll be introducing our new cocktails.

First up is our Espresso Martini!

Who could resist?

Have you had a   about the rules of golf with your playing partners?The competitors in the   of 1920  are pictured on th...
21/11/2023

Have you had a about the rules of golf with your playing partners?

The competitors in the of 1920 are pictured on the 1st tee studying the local rules.



[Image description - a black and white photograph of a group of women. Two of the younger women are holding golf clubs under their arms while looking at cards. There are two further women sitting at a desk, they are wearing large brimmed hats.]

Joyful footwear!These golf shoes were donated to the Museum by Founder of Girls in Golf Society .  They feature the Ston...
20/11/2023

Joyful footwear!

These golf shoes were donated to the Museum by Founder of Girls in Golf Society . They feature the Stonewall rainbow laces, as provides an inclusive and welcoming community for LGBTIQ+ Women.



[Image description - a pair of white and black FootJoy golf shoes, that look worn. They have long rainbow coloured shoelaces tied in each shoe.]

This lithograph designed, by Arthur C. Michael in 1939 was displayed as part of our   exhibition this year.The dark pale...
19/11/2023

This lithograph designed, by Arthur C. Michael in 1939 was displayed as part of our exhibition this year.

The dark palette, , and arrangement of figures are reflective of the pioneering attitude at the beginning of WWII.



[Image description - Four men; two golfers and two caddies, stoically stand out on The Old Course and look into the distance. Golfer in foreground is at the end of a swing, another golfer smokes a pipe, one caddie crosses his arms and looks down while the other caddie raises his right hand to his brow.]

Thank you to all our visitors and those who've interacted with our social pages over the  We've had a cracking year in t...
18/11/2023

Thank you to all our visitors and those who've interacted with our social pages over the

We've had a cracking year in the museum and in The Niblick - well done to everyone for their hard work, enthusiasm and for posing for photos for us!



[Image description A collage featuring photographs taken over the last year, including one main photograph of a view of The Niblick windows overlooking the West Sands. Further smaller images include people of all ages engaging with the collections, creating crafts and having a good time in the Museum]

Join us for the launch of our winter sale on Thursday 7 December. It’s the perfect opportunity for some Christmas shoppi...
17/11/2023

Join us for the launch of our winter sale on Thursday 7 December. It’s the perfect opportunity for some Christmas shopping 🎁🎄

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Bruce Embankment
St Andrews
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Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 4pm
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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01334 460046

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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.


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