Beginning as a cabinet of curiosities in the 1800s and known as the British Golf Museum for the past 30 years, it then entered a new era in 2021 as The R&A World Golf Museum.
Situated opposite The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, visitors can explore the rich history of golf from its very beginnings up until the modern day. It boasts one of the largest collections of golf memorabilia in the world, as well as fascinating galleries documenting the evolution of golf.
Through the work of the Museum the Alastair J Johnston Library – representing the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of golf literature – will be established in St Andrews.
Gifted to The R&A by the renowned golf book collector and IMG vice-chairman, Alastair Johnston has amassed nearly 30,000 volumes since he first started collecting golf books during an internship at IMG in 1969.