Those passionate about the sport of golf are able not only to play great courses in Scotland, they can immerse themselves in several hundred years of golfing history.

 

Opposite the clubhouse of the famous ‘Old Course’ of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews is The British Golf Museum, a short walk from the town centre.

The museum, a Recognised Collection of National Significance, leaves no turf unturned. Collections and exhibitions chronicle the story of the sport in every aspect including fashions, equipment designs and manufacture, rules of the game, films, photos, unique loan collections, silverware, decorative art and ephemera.

With touch screen interactive displays, a putting green and footage available from every Open Championship to the present day, true fans will find it hard to tear themselves away. But those with only a scratch interest will also find it difficult not to be drawn in, with plenty to appeal to enquiring minds of any age.

Among the comprehensive collection are hundreds of items of curiosity such as a 19th century ball pattern maker (previously they had been smooth); shoes belonging to the great Seve Ballesteros; earliest known match film footage from 1898; and balls made from ingeniously improvised materials by prisoners of war in the 1940s.

The museum is open 360 days a year, closing only for Christmas (3 days) and New Year (2). Visit www.britishgolfmuseum.co.uk for more information.

Golfers and families visiting CLC Duchally Country Estate might care to add it to their itinerary during their stay as St Andrews is easily reached by car from the resort.