This week I visited St Andrews Golf Company Ltd, the last remaining Scottish golf club manufacturer, over a...
This week I visited St Andrews Golf Company Ltd, the last remaining Scottish golf club manufacturer, over at their new premises 6 miles south west of St Andrews at Largoward.
Hamish Steedman the managing director of this great golf company, was kind enough to show me around the show room and factory. It was fascinating for Elle and I to get a behind the scenes look at the last club maker in the world to to retain the traditional skills used to hand craft authentic period playable sets of hickory golf clubs. Not only that but this is home to 3 of Scotland’s most famous club making brands; George Nicoll, Tom Stewart, and of course St Andrews Golf Company itself. You can read a full account of the company’s history dating back to 1881 here.
Join me in this video as we step back in time and appreciate the unique skills required to make clubs for some of the game’s greats names like Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Henry Cotton. It was a real pleasure and education to witness the various steps required to make a fully playable hickory club. Hamish explained how through the generations, the same materials and working methods are used to make clubs like a long nose spoon, brassie, mashie and a niblick. A full description of the club making process from start to finish is detailed here.
The company also offers a complete custom-fit service of ‘state of the art’ golf clubs. If I had had more time I would have used their advanced putter fitting system!
Clubs are sold online and at their new shop on Golf Place in Andrews. You have the choice of the Heritage Collection featuring single clubs and sets of period hickory clubs and the Modern range incorporating the George Nicoll and St Andrews Golf Company brands.
If you are ever in St Andrews I would definitely recommend a visit, you are bound to enjoy and appreciate over 125 years of golf heritage under one roof.
St Andrews Golf Company
20 St Andrews Road, Largoward, St Andrews, Fife, KY9 1HZ, Scotland
Tel No: +44 1334 840860
Fax No: +44 1334 840862
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Finally the Question of the Day:
What is the oldest club you have ever played with? Please leave your answer in the comments section below. Thank you.