The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse

The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse is an iconic image, recognisable to golfers worldwide.  Yet it is very different to the building unveiled in the middle of the 19th century.  Each elevation has changed over time, a result of the expansion that has taken place to meet the needs of the growing membership. 

The foundation stone was laid on 13 July 1853.  This event was treated as a ceremonial occasion, with long-standing R&A member and senior Freemason, John Whyte Melville, performing the honour.  It began with a procession, accompanied by a band, from Madras College.  Many St Andrews residents watched as Whyte Melville struck the foundation stone with a mallet and called for “the Great Architect of the Universe” to shower down his blessing upon the work”.

The project took eleven months to complete and was ready by 22 June, 1854. 

Laying the Foundations: 1854

Built in 1854, the Clubhouse is an iconic image, recognisable to golfers worldwide. Yet it is very different to the building unveiled in the middle of the 19th century. Each elevation has changed over time, a result expansions that have taken place to meet the needs of the membership.

Additions and Alterations

Click through to view an illustrated guide, explaing how the Clubhouse has gone from humble beginnings to become one of the world's most immediately recognisable buildings.

Public Rooms

Take a look inside the Clubhouse of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews - "A step or two further on, and you are at the kindly steward's bar, in the principal hall, where, as in all club-houses, you get what you want and sometimes more than is good for you."