St Andrews RoofTop Cafe Approved for British Golf Museum

Rooftop café approved for British Golf Museum
An artist’s impression of the interior of the café

One of Scotland’s top museums has finally escaped the bunker over its bid to create a rooftop café.

The British Golf Museum, rated as a five-star attraction by VisitScotland, has been granted permission to expand its premises upwards on the Bruce Embankment at St Andrews.

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Google Maps Street View: The Old Course at St Andrews

Wondering what to expect when you arrive in the Home of Golf for your Tee Time at the Old Course at St Andrews? Enjoy below, the Google Maps Street View of the Old Course at St Andrews.

 

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Charles Lees ‘The Golfers’ Painting to be Recreated

The Golfers by Charles Lee
The Golfers by Charles Lee

One of the golf world’s most famous pieces of art is set to be recreated this summer with the help from students at Strathclyde University in Glasgow.  The “Golfers” hangs in many clubhouses around the world and doubtless many more offices and homes. The students plan on researching the descendants from each golfer/spectator in the original picture and recreating a new version which will be unveiled at The Open Championship at St Andrews this summer.  The original painting will be on show in the British Golf Museum throughout the Open and the new version will be on show in the tented village.

The only person in the image with whom I am familiar with Mr. James Cheape who is sitting on the far right hand side. The story, as I understand it, is that he bought the links at St. Andrews in the 1800’s so that they remained a golf course as otherwise they would have been converted to a rabbit farm. At a later date he sold the land back to St. Andrews and in return received a daily allocation of tee times on the Old Course. This arrangement continued until the 1990’s.

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 By Gary Sheppard.  Gary has been with PerryGolf for over 3 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.

British Golf Museum – St Andrews

With a few hours to spare on a rather damp afternoon, we decided to visit the British Golf Museum; just across the road from the first tee on the Old Course in St. Andrews.

The British Golf Museum
The British Golf Museum

Deceptively small from the outside, it took us on a fascinating journey through the history of the game, introduced us to some of its stars and celebrities and made us realise how far the equipment has progressed.  There are many light-hearted inclusions, far removed from the formality, rules and rituals I associate with the home of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club.  With my love of crosswords, I found the Dictionary Corner irresistible…and there will be a few words from there cropping up in my Scrabble games in future!

2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the British Golf Museum and the 150th anniversary of The Open Championship and so the museum has included some dedicated special displays– so there is no better year to visit!

By Yvonne Shaw.  Yvonne has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is a member of our admin team.