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With over 250 years of history, the Royal and Ancient Golf club has grown from a small society to a gloabl organisation driving the sport of Golf.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews was founded on 14 May 1754 with the first Challenge for the Silver Club. Evolving over 250 colourful years of British history, it has grown from a small society of no fixed abode into a club whose membership of around 2,500 extends worldwide.

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The Amateur
The first Amateur Championship was played at Royal Liverpool in 1885?
Amateur Status
Equipment Rules

The Captaincy

The office of Captain was a duty that was awarded to the winner of the Challenge for the Silver Club. Possibly around 1806, with the introduction of the Gold Medal, the Captaincy became an elected office and the Challenge for the Silver Club became a symbolic, rather than a real competition.

The Royal & 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. 

Golf Museum

The award winning World Golf Museum has entertained and informed thousands of visitors since opening its doors to the public in 1990. 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, programmes 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. Find out more about the Golf Museum at St. Andrews