The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, St. Andrews

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The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world. It is based in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, and is regarded as the worldwide "Home of Golf". Formerly, it was also one of the governing authorities of the game, but in 2004 this role was handed over to a newly formed group of companies, collectively known as The R&A.HistoryThe organisation was founded in 1754 as the Society of St Andrews Golfers, a local golf club playing at St Andrews Links, but quickly grew in importance. In 1834, King William IV became its patron and the club became known under its present name. In 1897, the Society codified the rules of golf, and, gradually over the next 30 years, was invited to take control of the running of golf tournaments at other courses.Membership policyThe Royal and Ancient Golf Club had a male-only membership policy; in 2012, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the club to abandon this in favour of a non-discriminatory policy, as did the Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Louise Richardson.On 18 September 2014, the club voted in favour of admitting female members. In February 2015 the club's first female honorary members were announced – Anne, Princess Royal, Laura Davies, Renee Powell, Belle Robertson, Lally Segard, Annika Sörenstam and Louise Suggs. At that time the club also announced, "In addition to the honorary members, a number of women have been admitted as members of the club with more set to follow in the coming months." Also in 2015, Lady Bonallack became the first woman to take part in a match as a member of the club; specifically, she was the first woman to play in the club's annual match against the Links Trust.
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  • My daughter is a big golfer and this was her dream to come to St. Andrews. We weren't there long enough for her to play a round, but she had her photo taken on "the bridge", and was able to walk aroun...  more »
  • We arrived at Saint Andrews at 4:45 AM and my husband was number six in line that day. It was a rainy day so there were several cancellations and he was able to get on the course at 6:30 AM. The day b...  more »
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  • If you ever get the chance, you just have to play St. Andrews. We know golf was invented there because the King issued a proclamation encouraging the noble to stop playing golf and work on archery. The key is to not stay in the $2,500 per night room to get a tee time. About dawn tell the starter that you are a single or double, and he’ll slot you in. One shot of King’s Barn. A suburb course just a few minutes outside St. Andrews.
  • Great to see such a historical site. I'm sure a golfer would have appreciated it much more than I did.
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