pounds 2.25m for oldest golf clubs in world .. thanks but no Yanks; Transatlantic move leaves royal members stunned. USA BID TO BAG TROON TREASURE.CRAZY Yanks are lining up a megabucks A lot of money! bid to raid the home of golf for the oldest set of clubs in the world.
The six hundred-year-old Adam Wood clubs, currently on display in a St Andrews Coordinates: St Andrews (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Rìmhinn) is a city and former royal burgh on the east coast of Fife, Scotland. It is named after Saint Andrew the Apostle. museum, are the target of a multi-million dollar bid by the Florida World Golf Hall of Fame.
The move has already teed off outraged golfers, with one member at Royal Troon comparing it to "selling the family silver".
The clubs belong to the Royal Troon Golf Club Royal Troon Golf Club is a links golf course located in Troon, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The club was founded in 1878, and its Old Course is now one of the host courses for The Open Championship, one of the major championships on the PGA Tour and European Tour. but are currently on display at the British Golf Museum The British Golf Museum is located in the town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland, which is the home of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews and is colloquially known as the "Home of Golf". at St Andrews.
Members of Royal Troon, one of the world's most prestigious courses, have been offered at least pounds 2.25million for the historic set of eight clubs.
If they agree to the lavish sale, the set of wooden clubs will be lost to the home of golf forever.
The clubs, which are still in good condition, are so old they are likely to have existed in 1457, when King James II of Scotland James II of Scotland (October 16 1430, at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh – August 3 1460) reigned as king of Scots from 1437 to 1460.
James II, the son of James I of Scotland and of Joan Beaufort (daughter of John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset and of Margaret Holland), banned golf because it was distracting young men from archery.
Last night there were calls for the game's ruling body, The Royal and Ancient, to step in and buy the clubs to save them for the nation.
The 750 members of Royal Troon, where the father of star Colin Montgomerie Colin Stuart Montgomerie, OBE (born June 23, 1963) is a Scottish professional golfer often referred to by his nickname 'Monty'. He has had one of the finest careers in European Tour history, having won a record eight Order of Merit titles including a streak of seven consecutively was past secretary, will vote next month on whether to accept the offer.
Eighty-five years ago they were gifted the clubs for free by Adam Wood, at the time the club's captain.
They had been found in a cupboard in a historic house in Hull along with a newspaper dating from 1741.
But it has been accepted the clubs date from the fifteenth century - the very beginnings of the game of golf.
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He said: "It would be very sad if this outstanding piece of golfing history is sold to America.
"I would hope somebody in Scotland might come up with the money to keep them here.
"The R&A seems to have all this money and they should not allow the clubs to leave.
"The fact these clubs are recognised as being authentic adds huge value to them and I think the Americans are getting them cheaply."
The World Golf Hall of Fame is one part of the multi-million pound World Golf Village at St Augustine in Florida.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors have walked over a replica of St Andrews' famous Swilcan burn bridge to the strains of bagpipes bagpipes
a musical wind instrument in which sounds are produced in reed pipes by air from an inflated bag
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bagpipes to view top exhibits including the first book on golf called "The Goff" from 1743.
A 1654 golf etching by Rembrandt is also on display.
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One member who will bitterly oppose the move described it as "the selling of our family silver".
He added: "It is a fact this club is wealthy and does not need the money.
"I don't believe anyone would have a real problem if they were to stay in Scotland but to sell to a country which has to buy its heritage is unpalatable.
"At the meeting this issue will be the most hotly-debated in the club's long history."
Royal Troon's Secretary Jan Chandler refused to comment on the bid yesterday.
But in a statement he said: "Royal Troon Golf Club can confirm an expression of interest has been received to purchase the Adam Wood clubs, widely regarded as the oldest set in existence.
"This is an internal matter which will be considered by the membership at a special general meeting in July."
Leaked documents revealed that the resolution will read, "The Committee are empowered to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose the Adam Wood Clubs for a minimum gross price of pounds 2.25million at any time during the period to 30th June 2000."
It is understood the set has been valued at pounds 1million for insurance purposes after a single club sold by the King James VI Club in Perth went for a world-record pounds 95,000.
It is thought that a single club, said to have been used by King James himself, was sold privately between collectors for pounds 1million but there has never been proof of the sale.
While the Adam Wood clubs are secure at St Andrews, the members at Troon have to make do with cheap replicas on display in their clubhouse.