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During our September 2016 two night/3 day stay in St. Andrews my fiancé and I visited the British Golf Museum.
St. Andrews, the home of Golf, was where the first ever game was played, so a museum about the Scottish sport was fitting.
The museum is a must visit for golf fans or all other visitors who want to learn about the sport and glimpse some fascinating insights from the world of Golf in the heart of St. Andrews.
The location is near the sea and romantic.
Entrance was 8 GBP (ca. 9.10 Euro / ca. 10.40 USD) and valid for two days.
There is no option to purchase tickets online, at least at the time, but this might change in the future.
The museum is fairly large and depending how interested you are in golf history and how much time you want to spend there, it’s a good idea to split the visit up.
The different sections were dealing with the beginning of golf, the history, the development of golf clubs, balls and courses, the first professional players, how the rules and 18 holes came about, clothing throughout the centuries, the royal’s influence, the spread of golf around the world, the different trophies and club houses from around the globe from a bygone era. It was fascinating to see what an American club house looked like compared to one in South Africa or India.
It was engaging and educational. There was an interactive quiz and the possibility to design your own golf club. More hands on experiences were playing with two historical (feather and gutty) and a modern golf ball. You could try on typical clothing from the past as well.
The gift shop was a mix between practical, whimsical, local and education. We bought luxury soaps, hand-made in Scotland and would have loved to buy chocolate golf balls, but didn’t because the price sign was stuck over the expiry date. It would be nice if the label would be placed somewhere else.
Having spent nearly three hours there we were hungry and thirsty. The British Golf Museum got that covered too.
The café is located on the top of the museum with magnificent views over the beach and sea. There is outdoor seating as well as indoor seating.
We chose a table indoors, overlooking the sea.
The menu had a small selection of cakes, sandwiches, soups, burgers and fish cakes.
If you want to have afternoon tea it has to be pre-ordered.
Soon we were offered a menu by the friendly waitress. We chose one Fentiman’s Ginger Beer, one Irn Bru, two hot chocolates and two bagels with smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, a classic and the quality was good.
The bill came in at 25.90 GBP or ca. 29.30 Euro or 33.40 USD.
We enjoyed our visit, felt we had learned a lot and were overall happy the museum itself as with the food quality in the café, but the menu might needs an update, as does the actual setting of the cafe. We would visit again when we hopefully find ourselves in St. Andrews in our future again.
Would we recommend this meaningful attraction to a friend? YES!
Would we want to visit this meaningful attraction again in our future? YES!
Thank you and safe travels.