Throughout Scotland, golf is ubiquitous. That’s not to say that there are merely lots of golf courses; that could be said of many places around the world. In Scotland, golf is an integral part of the community and has been for centuries.
This small exhibition gives just three examples of community involvement – the citizens who make their living from golf, the women who have always been part of golf and the golfing elite who helped to make golf global. Other examples are myriad and are worthy of further research and identification.
A recurring theme throughout the Golf Collection held by the Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews is one of commonality; all sections of society – from royalty to labourer – shared a worship of the game and this is reflected throughout the collection. It is also worth remembering that most of the early champions were very much from the working class in Scotland; a trend that continued well into the 20th century.
The fascination with the game and the camaraderie provided on the links has managed to survive in Scotland as professionals and amateurs, as well as caddies and labourers still adorn championship boards across local clubs.
The British Golf Museum (downstairs)
[Image Courtesy University of St Andrews Library : Green-GMC_FF178_5]