We are one of the oldest and largest high street golf retailers in the UK

Auchterlonies Golf Shop

Thank you for visiting Auchterlonies of St Andrews online, we wish you a warm welcome.

As one of the oldest golf shops in St Andrews, we have been around since 1895 selling the finest golf brands and hand crafted golf clubs from our 10,000 sqft retail store.

We continue to this day as a family run business and proud to have several generations of the Millar family running our stores in St Andrews.

Our passion and history for the game of golf is clear in our approach to offering unrivalled customer service and providing customers with the best range of products and information with the highest levels of attention.

Tom Auchterlonie's Hand Crafted Golf Clubs

125 years of success

2020 saw the launch of our e-commerce site, which is a special anniversary year for our business.  We are celebrating 125 years of success and our proud association with Auchterlonies, right here in the home of golf, St Andrews.

In addition to our anniversary year, we are also pleased to be a member of EuroSelect. EuroSelect is a group of premium golfing retailers throughout the UK, enabling us to provide an even wider range of the finest golf brands and products for our customers. The focus for EuroSelect retailers is to provide unrivalled customer service and a wide range of the finest golf brands in the world.

The finest golf brands

Stockist of the finest golf brands

We are an authorised stockist of Callaway, Footjoy, Titleist, Adidas, Galvin Green, Underarmour, Glenmuir, Ping, Glenbrae and many others.

The authenticity of the products we offer is vital, ensuring all customers have complete confidence in the purchase they have made and provided with the best service possible.

Auchterlonies Golf Shop

We offer three ways to shop

We are available online 24 hours per day, seven days a week, offering a wide range of Old Course St Andrews logo merchandise in many styles, colours and sizes, as well as clubs, bags, trolleys and other accessories.

All products are fully detailed and provide clear and concise information. Visit us in store at 2-6 Golf Place, St Andrews or call us anytime on (+44) (0)1334 473253 and our expert team will be happy to help with your enquiry. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.


The origins & evolution of our business


Auchterlonies Golf Shop

A visit to Auchterlonies of St Andrews is a must for any golfer coming to the ‘Auld Grey Toun’.

Situated on the corner Golf Place, it is less than 50 yards from the 18th green of the Old Course and offers the full golfing experience when it comes to equipment and Old Course merchandise.

The business origins start with the sons of David Auchterlonie in 1895 and it remains a family business to this day with same spirit of service, knowledge and friendliness. All six sons were at least scratch golfers and David, Willie, Joe and Tom were part of the original Auchterlonies’ club making business. The club making and retailing business evolved as the game of golf developed around them in St Andrews and throughout the world.

Willie Auchterlonie

A family of champions

Willie Auchterlonie was Open Champion in 1893 at Prestwick and his brother Laurie won the US Open in 1902. Willie was in his shop making clubs just two days after winning the Open Championship with a set of only 7 clubs, which he was adamant was all you needed. You will be pleased to know we offer sets with a few more clubs these days!

Over 100 years of golf and retailing experience

Over the years the shop has expanded to 10,000 sqft of retail space across several levels, and is somewhat of an "Aladdin’s cave" of golf equipment that features the latest golfing brands. If you need help choosing, our fully trained experts average over 10 years experience of advising and custom fitting golfers to perfection.

Auchterlonies Golf Wear

Old Course & Saltire Collections

Our clothing options are second to none in St Andrews and comprise all the leading brands and their latest technologies.

Each item comes crested with our unique ‘Old Course St Andrews’ logo that has been adorning the shirts of St Andrews golfers for decades.

For those who want to fly the flag, our Saltire collection brings the latest fashion combined with the ancient cross of St Andrew.

Ladies Locker Room

Our range of outlets

In addition there is a dedicated Junior section and next door is the Auchterlonies Ladies Locker Room at 10 Golf Place, which is a dedicated store with everything lady golfers could want in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Our pre-owned section is based in Willie Auchterlonie’s shop at 3 Pilmour Links where you can see his original work bench. You can also pick up a bargain on ex-rental and refurbished golf clubs that can be custom fitted to suit your game.


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A timeline of our shop & golfing history


1123

St Andrews Castle

Land gifted to town of St Andrews by King David II for golf.

1413

St Andrews University

University of St Andrews founded.

1618

Feathery golf ball introduced.

1744

Founding of the oldest club, the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.

1754

Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Founding of club that became the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

First official rules of golf published.

1826

Buildings start to be built on Golf Place, St Andrews as street is created.

1836

David Auchterlonie, plumber and golfer, is born in St Andrews. In 1858 he marries Margaret.

1843

The St Andrews Golf Club founded.

1848

Gutta-Percha golf ball invented.

1852

The railway line is extended and reaches St Andrews.

1854

First R&A Clubhouse created in current location.

1872

David has a son William Auchterlonie, born in St Andrews on 7 August to join five brothers named David (1865), Laurie (1868), John, Joe and Tom (1879). All go on to become scratch golfers, or better.

1873

First Open Championship to be played on the Old Course at St Andrews.

1880s

Willie & David Auchterlonie begin working as apprentices to the club makers R. Forgan & Son in St Andrews.

Golf bags introduced.

1892

David Auchterlonie and fellow Forgan Club maker Andrew Crosthwaite open golf shop and start making golf clubs.

1893

Willie Auchterlonie wins Open Championship at Prestwick becoming 2nd youngest winner age 21 years and 25 days. He follows this amazing achievement by the winning Irish Open.

1895

Willie and brother David open club making business D&W Auchterlonie in St Andrews. Younger brothers Joe and Tom later join the business, the latter in 1899. John instead joins his father in the plumbing business whilst Laurie plies his trade as a professional in the USA from 1899 in Florida and Chicago.

The New Course at St Andrews opened.

1897

The Jubilee Course at St Andrews opened.

1898

Haskell ball patented.

1900

Golf first played at Olympic Games.

1901

Laurie Auchterlonie

Laurie Auchterlonie wins Western Open at Midlothian Country Club, USA.

1902

Laurie Auchterlonie wins US Open at Garden City Golf Club, USA, creating history by being the first person to shoot four sub-80 rounds.

1905

The first dimple-pattern for golf balls is patented by William Taylor in England.

1906

Willie Auchterlonie was coming to the end of his competitive playing days when he quoted; I have played golf all my life, practically from my earliest recollection, still I must say that I have always done so entirely from devotion to and love of the game, and that I have never looked upon golf, in itself, as a means of livelihood; but rather I preferred to turn my attention in this matter towards the making of clubs, in which I have always taken the greatest interest and pleasure. The business continued to thrive and he was appointed honorary professional to the R&A, a position he held until his death in 1963.

1910

Steel shafts are patented by Arthur F. Knight.

1911

Tom Auchterlonie’s son Eric is born on 1 June.

1912

David and Joe leave the business to go to Carlsbad in Czech Republic. David leaves to become a pro at Potchefstroom in South Africa. Joe is interned until 1916 by the Germans.

1914

The Eden Course at St Andrews opened.

1916

PGA of America founded, PGA Tour starts.

1919

Tom Auchterlonie's Club Making Business

Laurie Auchterlonie wins Western Open at Midlothian Country Club, USA.

1921

The R&A limits the size and weight of the ball.

1925

Tom Auchterlonie commissioned to make clubs for the Japanese royal family with each set bearing a lotus blossom stamp.

Deep-grooved irons are banned by both the USGA and the R&A.

1928

Tom Auchterlonie’s son Eric joins his business as an apprentice.

1929

R&A legalises steel shafts, five years after the USGA did so.

1931

D&W Auchterlonies shop moves to 5 Pilmour Links.

USGA increases the minimum size of the golf ball from 1.62 inches to 1.68 inches.

1934

The D&W Auchterlonies business folds because of debts for excess hickory supplies as they were slow to adopt steel shafts. Willie continues to make and sell golf clubs from the shop at 5 Pilmour Links.

PGA Tour created.

1935

Willie Auchterlonie appointed Honorary Professional to R&A. Supervises revisions to the Jubilee course. As a result, during the course centenary in 1997 the first hole is renamed after him.

1939

Rule limiting maximum number of clubs to 14 introduced.

1946

Willie and his son Laurie Auchterlonie move to live and work from the shop at 3 Pilmour Links.

1951

The USGA and the R&A, in a conference, complete a newly revised Rules of Golf to standardise the game.

1955

Eric Auchterlonie becomes partner in the Tom Auchterlonie business.

1956

The current yardage guides for par are adopted by the USGA.

1962

Tom Auchterlonie dies.

1963

Laurie Auchterlonie discusses his father's collection of historic golf clubs and balls with Bill Tennent.

Willie Auchterlonie dies on 27 February. His son Laurie Auchterlonie is appointed Honorary Professional to R&A.

The casting method for irons is first employed.

1966

Ping design Anser putter.

1972

Spalding introduces the first two-piece ball, the Top-Flite.

1973

Graphite shaft invented.

1979

TaylorMade introduces the first metal woods.

1990

The R&A, after 38 years, adopts the 1.68 inch diameter ball, and for the first time since 1910 the rules of golf are standardised throughout the world.

1991

Bob Millar joins Auchterlonies as General Manager.

1996

Willie Auchterlonie inducted posthumously into Professional Clubmakers Society Hall of Fame in USA and Bob Millar travels to receive the award on his behalf.

Bob Millar buys Auchterlonies of St Andrews and continues to run it as a family business.

1999

Dedicated Auchterlonies Ladies Locker Room opens at 10 Golf Place and is managed by Bob Millar’s daughter Judi.

2000

Auchterlonies buys David Low business at 6 Golf Place and expands Auchterlonies store to create second entrance.

Titleist Pro V1 ball launched.

2015

Bob Millar’s son Bobby continues the family ownership and takes over as General Manager.

2016

Auchterlonies Pre-Owned shop opened in Willie Auchterlonies’ workshop at 3 Pilmour Links.

2019

Auchterlonies purchases Willie Auchterlonies’ workshop returning it to the family business.

2020

Auchterlonies online retail website launched and we celebrate our 125th year of the business.


St Andrews - The Home of Golf


Auchterlonies Golf Shop

St Andrews is renowned around the world as the Home of Golf. Boasting seven courses as part of the St Andrews Links Trust, with many more in close proximity, you could stay for a week and play a different one every day. Your on course experience will be excellent, but St Andrews can also give you the best experience Off Course and therefore every golfer should build the following into their golf trip to the Home of Golf.

Auchterlonies Golf Shop

Situated on the corner of Golf Place, less than a wedge from the Old Course, this Aladdin’s cave of golf equipment is the biggest and best golf store in the Home of Golf. We can trace our club making origins back to 1895 and continue as a family run business offering the latest equipment backed up with specialist advice gained over years of experience. Our renowned line of Old Course branded clothing and merchandise encompasses all the major brands and wandering around the store is a must for every time you come to St Andrews.

Dunvegan Bar

Dunvegan Bar

Opposite Auchterlonies on the other corner of Golf Place & Pilmour Place is the renowned Dunvegan Bar where golfers congregate at one of the most famous 19th holes in the world.

The Golfers Corner Lounge Bar is covered in pictures of golfers who have sought sustenance here after their round. From all over the world they comprise amateurs, professionals, major champions and global celebrities. Maybe your picture can be added there too.

Eat in the renowned Claret Jug restaurant or just take your pint out on the terrace and watch the golfers go by as you soak up the St Andrews golfing experience.