Date: Sun 26 Oct 2014

Royal Clubs Honoured by the British Royal Family 1833-2013

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has commissioned a new book that celebrates the 66 golf clubs throughout the world that have been conferred the royal title by the British Royal Family.

The Duchess of York playing golf with her new husband the Duke of York (later King George VI), during their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in Surrey

The Duchess of York playing golf with her new husband the Duke of York (later King George VI), during their honeymoon at Polesden Lacey in Surrey

The book was commissioned to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and has been written by golf course designer Scott Macpherson.

The British Royal Family has a long tradition of playing golf and while the kings of Scotland tried to ban the game (as it distracted people from archery practice) by the end of the 15th century they were beginning to get interested. When James VI became James I of England he promoted the game south of the border as well.

There are 66 golf clubs around the world that have adopted the royal title from the British Royal Family. The first golf club to be conferred the title was the Royal Perth Golfing Society in 1833, followed by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in 1834. In 2013, a German golf club now known as the Royal Homburger Golf Club became the most recent club to receive the honour. This new book is a celebration of this wonderful group of golf clubs and reflects on the connection between each club and the Royal Family, the history of the club and its golfing facilities. The book includes a wide array of photographs and plans of each royal golf course.

Windsor Castle: Royal Household Golf Club

Windsor Castle: Royal Household Golf Club

Some royal clubs included in the book are:

  • The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews (the R&A)
  • Royal Calcutta (the oldest club outside the UK)
  • Royal Montreal (the oldest club outside in North America)
  • Royal Blackheath (a club with 400 years of history)
  • The Royal Melbourne Golf Club
  • Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club
  • Royal St David's Golf Club
  • Royal County Down
  • Royal Birkdale
  • Royal St Georges …. and many more…..

The book can be obtained from the R&A at a cost of £60 plus postage and packaging, please contact Catherine McGirk (Tel: 01334 460153; Email: catherinemcgirk@randa.org)

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