A St Andrews museum collection which illustrates the story of the nation's golfing history has received a major award.
The British Golf Museum has become the 38th Recognised Collection of National Significance.
The museum documents the history of golf from medieval times to the present day.
Collection highlights include the first Open Championship medal and the oldest set of golf clubs in the world.
Ray Macfarlane, Recognition Scheme chair, said: "I think for all the recognised museums and galleries we feel that this is a stamp of quality, that people know it's worth coming to.
"It has to be said we did look at the other galleries and collections there are in the world and there's no doubt that this collection is world class. It's the best there is."