Who would not like to own a piece of the oldest course in the world? Offered here is the actual 16th hole tee plaque/marker that was on the course for many years before the current tee markers were installed. This is not a replica of the current tee plaques. Those can be purchased—for any of the current 18 St. Andrews Old Course tee markers—for £360 online.
The St. Andrews Old Course was lengthened prior to the 2005 British Open. Doing so also changed the stroke index for each hole. Consequently, the Old Course needed new tee plaques, which were made and installed on all 18 holes.
On July 15, 2005, The Links Trust of St Andrews held an internet auction and sold off the old tee markers with the proceeds going to Junior Golf. These were likely made sometime in the 60s or 70s. The one offered here is from the 16th hole, "The Corner of the Dyke". It comes with its certificate of authenticity provided in 2005 by the The Links Trust of St. Andrews. This sign, which measures 9 1/2" high by 11" wide, appears to be made from bronze and weighs 2.8 pounds.
There is a little paint loss on the "D" and O" which would be quite easy to remedy, if desired. The sign uses raised letters and numbers, cast in place (as can be seen in the close up image of St. Andrew), which makes touching up the D & O easy if desired. Just find a comparable metal-flake gold paint or take to a reputable art store that touches up frames, etc. But it is okay for the sign to look like it was outside on the old course for decades. Because it was.
When it comes to actual items from the Old Course at St. Andrews, which is considered the oldest golf course in the world and the home of golf, there is almost nothing to collect outside of flags. This tee sign, however, is an outstanding, classy, substantial, and very cool item. The sign for the 18th hole went to Jack Nicklaus himself. There are any number of ways this could be framed or presented in a home or office that would make for an outstanding display.
The second to last images attached to this lot shows todays 18th hole tee plaque. The last image, of the back of the actual plaque offered here, shows the remains of the adhesive once used to attached this plaque to its granite mount.