Museum teeing up for success

The redevelopment of the British Golf Museum from high up on The Scores. (Photo by Peter Adamson)
The redevelopment of the British Golf Museum from high up on The Scores. (Photo by Peter Adamson)

The re-vamped British Golf Museum, now emerging above the scaffolding on St Andrews’ Golf Place looks set to be a hit with locals and visitors alike.

Despite objections during the planning process, the development seems to be gaining approval.

St Andrews resident Tony Lang commented: “It seems like it would be good for the town. I don’t think it’s going to interrupt any views and there are so many golfers in town it seems like a good thing.”

Jim Knox from Tayport did think it was bigger than he expected, but: “I think it’s a necessary addition to the golf museum because a lot of these museums do have cafes attached and I think it will be a good facility for the people that visit.”

A golfer, Mr Knox noted: “When the roof went up I was quite surprised that you can see it from quite a distance away, but compared with some of the other buildings in St Andrews it’s not that bad.”

He also commented: “I was more disappointed that the visitor centre on the West Sands didn’t get the go ahead. That’s absolutely necessary, there’s no facilities at all, it’s a disgrace in this day and age.”

Local councillor Brian Thomson wasn’t at the planning committee where the plan was agreed, but said this week: “I would have expressed some concerns about the scale and visual impact of the extension. The British Golf Museum was originally designed to blend into the slope of the Bow Butts, but the extension is at odds with the original design concept, and I would have to say that seeing it take shape, within its historic setting, only reinforces my concerns.”

However, Councillor Thomson added: “Setting aside my concern about the visual impact in such a historic location, the design in itself is excellent, the materials being used are of a high quality, the views from the cafe will be fantastic, and I am sure that the facility will be extremely popular with visitors and local people who choose to use it.”

But Venezuelan visitor Maria Alvarez said it’s “awful”.

“I love the buildings here, the views of the sea, the mountain are beautiful - but this is awful,” she added.

The new-look museum with its a 78-seat roof-top and redeveloped entrance galleries, shop and reception is on target for a May re-opening. The museum is home to more than 16,000 golf-related artefacts.