The collection tells the fascinating story of British golf, through material dating from the 17th century to the present day. It is the most comprehensive golf collection in Britain, and one of the finest worldwide, celebrating golf from grass roots to international level.
Over 16,000 items cover equipment (clubs, balls, manufacturing and clothing), prizes (trophies and medals), decorative art (artworks, ceramics, silverware and ephemera), film, photographs and archives (books, periodicals, programs and patents). The displays and archives are enhanced by unique loan collections from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and The Women Golfers’ Museum.
The entire collection is a Recognized Collection of National Significance, formally acknowledged as being of great importance to the life and culture of Scotland, and internationally significant. The Recognition scheme, run by Museums Galleries Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, promotes and supports these collections.
The longest recorded drive using a gutta percha ball was 366 yards, achieved by Edward Blackwell in 1892 at St Andrews.
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The British Golf Museum is located opposite the clubhouse of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews, Scotland.
The museum, which opened in 1990, documents the history of golf from Medieval times to the present, including the men’s and women’s games, British and international, both professional and amateur. Exhibits include historic equipment, memorabilia and art work, documentation, the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, and the rules and terminology of the game.
The museum is open to the public seven days a week throughout the year.