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ST ANDREWS GOLF

St Andrews is famously known around the world as the Home of Golf. In total the town has 189 holes of golf to choose from which offers juniors on our golf camps an exciting variety of links golf to experience.

Some key dates in the history of St Andrews Golf!

1552 - The Archbishop signs the official charter. Golf was being played on the Links at St Andrews through-out the 1400’s. However, in 1552 Archbishop Hamilton signed an official charter recognising the right of the people of St Andrews to play golf on the Links, cementing the future of the sport at the Home of Golf.

1865 - Tom Morris takes the reins after returning from Prestwick to become the Keeper of the Green. He was given an unprecedented £50 a year and credited with a huge impact on St Andrews Links, from improved grasses to the shaping the famous 1st and 18th greens.

 

1927 - One of the most iconic figures in golf, Bobby Jones started his love affair with the ‘Auld Grey Toun’ when he lifted the Claret Jug in 1927. Jones famously remarked that if he could play one golf course before he died it would always be the famous Links at St Andrews.

1970 - On the last hole of The Open Championship, Doug Sanders has an opportunity to win the Claret Jug and defeat Jack Nicklaus. All Sanders has to do is make a three footer, but his downhill putt misses, forcing an 18-hole playoff. The Golden Bear sinks an eight foot putt on the final hole to defeat Doug Sanders. Overjoyed, he throws his putter in the air and almost hit Sanders.

2000 - Tiger Woods claims a career grand slam after winning The Open Championship

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The Home of Golf

During the St Andrews Golf Camps, our junior golfers will have the opportunity to play many of the leading links courses in the Home of Golf. These include the following...

The New Course - The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was designed by the Keeper of the Green Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour. The Jubilee Course - The third championship course at the Home of Golf, the Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous Links. Built in 1897, it was converted to a championship layout in 1988. The Torrance Course - A Final Qualifying course for The Open and Home to the Scottish Seniors Open, The Torrance Course was designed by former Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance with assistance from Gene Sarazen. Kingsbarns Golf Links - Kingsbarns Golf Links is proud to be part of the heritage of links golf in St Andrews. Located 7 miles south east of the ’home of golf’, the game has been played on the site since 1793. Kyle Phillips designed this Top 100 Ranked golf course and by setting it in an amphitheatre along the coast, nearly every hole boasts spectacular views of the North Sea. The Castle Course - The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008 and is set on a rugged cliff-top with spectacular views over St Andrews.

Other golf courses used include The Eden, The Strathtyrum, Balgove, The Kittocks, Dumbarnie Links and The Dukes

 

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Our sister company St Andrews Golf Travel has access to all the leading links courses in Scotland.