Ellie and Eric are ready to check out some golf memorabilia!
When we first entered, we were treated to a photo-op with a giant golf club...
Ellie loved it.
...followed by displays of some of the oldest forms of golf equipment, and a putting green with 19th-century style equipment to use.
Really old golf stuff
Eric doing some old school putting
There was also a photo op with a replica of the Swilcan Bridge at the Old Course in St. Andrews:
Family photo on the Swilcan Bridge
Happy golf girl!
Eric marveled at how NOT to scale the replica bridge was. We know because we've totally been there in real life, as you may recall!
Us in St. Andrews in 2009. Maybe someday we'll retake this picture with Ellie!
There was also a gallery of portraits of famous golfers:
And of course, the busts of the hall-of-famers:
A sample of the display
There were also cool exhibits including Johnny Miller's scorecard and clubs that were used to shoot the lowest round in U.S. Open history, collections of pins given out for playing in each major, a case of all Phil Mickelson's various trophies, and Adam Scott's scorecards from this year's Masters.
Johnny Miller's scorecard and clubs
Pins from each major
I'll bet Phil Mickelson thinks he's soooooooo fancy.
Adam Scott's scorecards
We also visited "Trophy Tower," and Eric was very excited to see the trophies for all four majors live and in the flesh. The tower also offered nice views of the grounds.
Crystal sculpture entitled "The Perfect Swing" overhead in Trophy Tower. It is made up of 162 crystal prisms, simulating the arc of the golf swing.
Top: Trophies for the U.S. Open and PGA Champtionship
Bottom: Masters and British Open trophies (I actually recognized the Claret Jug from our trip to Scotland! This is what Eric has done to me.)
Ellie and Eric with the Claret Jug
View from Trophy Tower
More of the grounds. At the bottom left (to the center of the lake) is the Challenge Hole, and to the rightis the putting green. All the shops, etc. are straight ahead.
Logo at the entrance, as seen from Trophy Tower
Our other favorite part was the Member Locker Room, with display lockers for each hall-of-famer. Ellie was pretty over it by this point, but everyone else thought it was cool.
Heading into the Member Locker Room
Ellie says, "that will be quite enough golf for one day, thank you."
The locker room
Sample of locker displays
Thanks to Free Museum Day for giving us a fun activity on a rainy Saturday morning!