King Charles III of England in Saint Andrews

This royal endorsement follows a longstanding tradition, as the club's patronage was first accepted by a reigning monarch, King William IV, in 1834

by Andrea Gussoni
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King Charles III of England in Saint Andrews
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The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, located in Scotland, has expressed its honor and humility upon receiving confirmation from Buckingham Palace that His Majesty, King Charles III of England, has graciously accepted the role of Patron of the club, which governs the global destiny of golf alongside the USGA.

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This royal endorsement follows a longstanding tradition, as the club's patronage was first accepted by a reigning monarch, King William IV, in 1834. His Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who ascended to the throne in 1952, continued this patronage throughout her reign, a period spanning 70 years that brought immense pride to the club’s members.

Martin Slumbers, the Secretary of the R&A, shared in a statement to the press: "The patronage by Her Majesty for 70 years was a source of immense pride for our members. We are thrilled and deeply honored to have been informed by Buckingham Palace that His Majesty King Charles has accepted the patronage of The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

We now look forward to His Majesty's support in the club’s work and our commitment to the sport of golf worldwide." Founded in 1754, The Royal & Ancient Golf Club has evolved over two and a half centuries into a leading authority in the world of golf.

It boasts a membership of over 2,400 individuals from around the globe, including several from Spain, reinforcing its status as a cornerstone in the global golf community. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, situated in the county of Fife, Scotland, is renowned as one of the oldest golf clubs in the world.

While the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield holds the title of the oldest, St Andrews is globally celebrated as the "Home of Golf." This prestigious club, initially established as the Society of St Andrews Golfers in 1754, quickly rose to prominence, playing its games on the famed St Andrews Links.

Originally a local club, it evolved significantly over the centuries. By the mid-19th century, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club had become influential enough to be recognized as the sport's governing body, playing a pivotal role in formulating and enforcing the rules of golf.

In 2004, the club underwent a significant transformation when it shifted its role in governance and rule-making to a newly formed group of companies known collectively as "The R&A." This organization took over as the regulatory authority for golf outside the United States and Mexico, where the United States Golf Association (USGA) retains jurisdiction.

The creation of The R&A allowed the club to focus more on its membership and club activities while continuing to influence the global game through its separate governing entity. Today, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews remains a symbol of tradition and prestige in the sport of golf, maintaining its historical clubhouse and offering a gathering place for golf enthusiasts from around the world.

Its legacy is intertwined with the evolution of golf, celebrating the rich heritage and enduring spirit of the game at its most iconic venue.

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