Formed in 2004. and based in St Andrews, The R&A seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the game of golf. It takes its name from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, the members' club that, before 2004, had responsibility for the game but from which The R&A is now separate and distinct.
The R&A organises The Open, golf’s oldest Major, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. In addition, The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 152 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.
For the USA and Mexico, the USGA is the governing body, an organisation with whom The R&A has jointly issued the Rules of Golf since 1952.
The R&A Heritage Department safeguards 600 years of golfing history from its base in St Andrews. Responsible for the collections of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and British Golf Museum, the Museum and Heritage Curators care for around 1,400 golf clubs, 700 golf balls and 1,000 trophies and medals dating from the late 17th century to the present day.These form just part of the collections. In addition, valuable works of art, historical Rules of Golf books, Club minutes and archive material, clothing, film and audio archives, golf equipment and more all fall within their collections care remit......... Read More