Arts & Culture \ The British Golf Museum, St. Andrews

Construction began summer 2014 and the project was completed in June 2015, in time for the British Open of 2015

The Royal and Ancient established a museum in 1989 on a site immediately to the rear of their famous Clubhouse.  The existing building was single storey with a roof mostly covered by an extension of “the Scores”, an area of open grass links land between the town and the sea shore.  Internally it consisted mostly of an exhibition about the history of golf, together with a shop and some offices.  The Royal and Ancient approached the practice directly, having already established the principle of a first floor café with an alternative design, which had orientated itself northwards with a view to the sea in the distance, but a car-park in the foreground. 

Our proposal also placed the café on the first floor but changed the orientation by ninety degrees so that the majority of the seats looked west towards the 1st tee and fairway.  The building appears as a pavilion, and at the same time, the opportunity was taken to give the museum entrance façade more presence and visibility.  On the ground floor the museum display has remained largely untouched, but the shop and reception have been reorganised. 

The first floor café consists of 80 covers most of which are accommodated in window seats. On sunny days these can open to become outside seats as if on a balcony towards the north and south. The kitchen is located on the east elevation where there is a new terrace on “the Scores” for outside summer dining directly accessible from the kitchen.


Architects Bill Black, James Falconer, James Cockburn, Paul Pattinson
Structural Engineer David Narro Associates
M&E Engineers WSP
Quantity Surveyor Morham & Brotchie
Client The British Golf Museum, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews
Size Total 580m2, including new build and modified area of existing floor


2015 DIA - Best Commercial/Non Domestic Award
2016 Civic Trust Regional Award
2017 St Andrews Preservation Trust Pride of Place Award


October 2016 The British Golf Museum Cafe Architecture Scotland Annual 2016
9 October 2015 British Golf Museum Premier Construction News
06 July 2015 New British Golf Museum and Cafe completes in time for The Open at the home of golf in St Andrews e-architect
06 July 2015 British Golf Museum unveiled ahead of St Andrews Open Urban Realm
24 June 2015 A Grand Reopening The Scots Magazine
23 June 2015 British Golf Museum's new rooftop cafe is Open in time for international golf fans The Courier
Winter 2014 British Golf Museum wins rooftop extension bid Urban Realm
Winter 2014 Rooftop café approved for British Golf Museum The Courier
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