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#TBT: Volcanic ash cloud prompts 42 hour non-stop journey

Links News

As a special Throwback Thursday blog, we recount the remarkable story of Swedish golfers Per Lilliefelth, Stefan… Read on

March 26, 2015

WYOH video feature

Video diary: March

Links News

Meet the people who make it all happen at the Home of Golf in the… Read on

March 18, 2015

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New infra-red wildlife camera


We recently invested in an infra-red wildlife camera to find out what we have living… Read on

March 17, 2015


2015 PGA Merchandise Show


In late January we once again attended the PGA Merchandise Show. The PGA Show gives… Read on

March 13, 2015

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SALJGA: our junior golf programme


Here at St Andrews Links we pride ourself on being one of the largest public… Read on

March 6, 2015

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Castle Course reopens for 2015


The Castle Course reopened for the 2015 season on Sunday after the annual winter break. It’s… Read on

March 4, 2015

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Kestrels at The Castle


Fresh from their final four position in the recent Enviro Awards, The Castle team have… Read on

February 27, 2015

pitchmarks feature

How to repair a pitchmark


Despite the wintry weather returning to the Links in recent days there have been a… Read on

February 25, 2015

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Limited edition golf bag: Show your love for St Andrews this Valentine’s Day


St Andrews Links is getting ready to show its love for The Open Championship this… Read on

February 13, 2015

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Video diary: January

Links News

Take a look behind the scenes and meet the people who make it all happen… Read on

February 12, 2015

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Recycling the Links


The composting programme is in full swing with the majority being given away to the… Read on

February 11, 2015

Hell bunker blog feature

Rebuilding Hell Bunker


One of the major winter maintenance projects the Old Course greenkeeing team have undertaken over winter is… Read on

February 4, 2015

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The snowdrops are awake!


I know it’s only just February but there are snowdrops showing nicely in the grounds… Read on

February 2, 2015

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Goal setting for the year ahead


Happy New Year everyone! Any New Year resolutions? Mine is to qualify for The Open… Read on

January 21, 2015

Greenkeeping blog feature

Eden 5th green renovations complete


The renovations to the 5th green of the Eden Course are now complete. Golf course architect,… Read on

January 15, 2015

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New year, new wall


The technical services team have been working their magic by recently rebuilding an old boundary wall located between… Read on

January 9, 2015

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A busy holiday period at the Swilcan Restaurant


Happy New Year everyone! Christmas has been and gone and we now find ourselves in… Read on

January 2, 2015

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Gift guide to help your game


The festive season is very much upon us and when looking for the perfect gift… Read on

December 16, 2014

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Heavy machinery


This week the greenkeepers have had the heavy machinery out! There’s an area on the Links which… Read on

December 12, 2014

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An ‘out of this world’ experience on the Old Course

Links News

As the first year of service at the Old Pavilion draws to a close we… Read on

December 10, 2014

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Greenkeeping Q&A


Last month we invited you to put your questions to our Director of Greenkeeping, Gordon… Read on

December 9, 2014

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Links announces first-ever licensed Golf Academy

Links News

St Andrews Links Trust today announced plans to license its first-ever overseas Golf Academy in… Read on

December 4, 2014

fungi feature

20 varieties of fungi


The frost is yet to make an appearance here at the Links (famous last words)… Read on

November 28, 2014

Create your own blog

‘Create your own’ – our customer


St Andrews Links offers a range of personalised products so you can ‘Create your own’… Read on

November 20, 2014


Eden 5th green renovations – update


A good start has been made to the project in the first week despite some… Read on

November 18, 2014


Strimming, sand martins & parasols


This past week the Environmental team undertook a brand new project on the Balgove Course. The tall… Read on

November 13, 2014


Short game and the one-handed chip


In our lessons here at the Golf Academy we often ask golfers to rate the… Read on

November 11, 2014


Castle closes its doors


This week saw the 2014 season at The Castle Course officially come to an end. We say our goodbyes… Read on

November 7, 2014

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Renovation underway on 5th green of Eden Course


The 5th green on the Eden Course has had an ongoing issue with flooding due… Read on

November 5, 2014

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Exciting bird sightings


There’s a great grey shrike in the area! And short eared owls too. These are… Read on

October 31, 2014

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A blether over the heather


It’s always exciting exploring the wildlife and ecology here on the Links and this past week has… Read on

October 17, 2014

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Castle Course: All in a day’s work


Who can honestly say they wouldn’t enjoy coming to work at The Castle Course? Let… Read on

October 13, 2014

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A look back on Dunhill week


The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship careered into town last week accompanied by television towers, trucks,… Read on

October 8, 2014

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Getting a grip


Fintan Bonner from the St Andrews Links Customisation Team explains the importance of grip size… Read on

October 7, 2014

AP ryder blog

Links Course Manager returns to Gleneagles for Ryder Cup


Castle Course Manager Allan Patterson was Course Manager at the Kings and Queens before he… Read on

October 6, 2014

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Old Course marks milestone with time-lapse

Links News

St Andrews Links will celebrate a major milestone on 4 October with the 250th anniversary… Read on

October 3, 2014


Customisation team help rugby legend


I joined the St Andrews Links Customisation team on 1 January 2014 and can honestly… Read on

October 3, 2014

castle blog

Castle Course Q&A


The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008 becoming the… Read on

September 30, 2014

Fungi feature

What fungi does for our courses


This week we have seen a smashing amount of fungi making its yearly appearance on the Links. Fungus… Read on

September 26, 2014

dunhill blog

Dunhill preparations


It hardly seems a year since the last Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the Old… Read on

September 24, 2014


New visitors spotted on the Links


The warm and wet weather we’ve had lately has given us an amazing array of… Read on

September 19, 2014

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The geese are coming


There’s always good indicators of autumn approaching such as light frosts, leaves turning brown and… Read on

September 12, 2014

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Ryder Cup Wildcard Picks


It’s been a long 18 months, but we finally know the 24 players who will… Read on

September 4, 2014

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Gorse management


The weather has been kind to us this week so we have been able to… Read on

September 3, 2014

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Harvesting season


This past week has proven to be quite a busy one for the greenkeeping team…. Read on

August 29, 2014

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McIlroy’s golden summer and the perfect draw


There’s no doubt who the summer of professional golf belongs to…Rory McIlroy. His three consecutive… Read on

August 27, 2014

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The Fairy Ring


For those of you that have ever wondered what those darker green, circular and wavy… Read on

August 25, 2014

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Eden & Strathtyrum Tournaments


Last week saw the Eden and Strathtyrum Tournaments played using the Eden Clubhouse as a… Read on

August 22, 2014

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Environmental management


James Hutchinson recently joined the Links as our first dedicated Environmental Officer. James will work… Read on

August 20, 2014

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Academy Instructors Q&A


This month we invited you to put your Twitter questions to our Golf Academy Instructors. Any tips… Read on

August 18, 2014


Wildlife on the Links


While playing at St Andrews Links you should keep your eyes open for the local… Read on

July 29, 2014

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5 steps to escaping pot bunkers


And the Champion Golfer for the Year is…Rory McIlroy. Wow, what a Sunday feast of… Read on

July 22, 2014

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The Open gets underway at Hoylake


What a brilliant summer of sport! We’ve had one of the best World Cup tournaments in… Read on

July 17, 2014

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Eden Centenary Dinner


The Eden Course celebrated its 100th birthday last week and as part of the celebrations… Read on

July 11, 2014


The next chapter for Bradley Neil


Bobby Jones, Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia…these are just a few of the names etched… Read on

July 4, 2014

Eden Course

Eden becomes 4th Centurion at the Home of Golf

Links News

The Eden Course celebrates its 100th birthday today (2 July), in doing so achieving the… Read on

July 2, 2014


Bumble Bees & Wild Flowers


Bumble bee numbers have declined by 70% over the past 40 years driven mainly by… Read on

June 27, 2014


A look inside the Old Pavilion


Last month saw the grand opening of our new facility here at the Home of… Read on

June 24, 2014

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Old Course Starter Q&A


Last month we invited you to put your Twitter questions to our Old Course Starter. How… Read on

June 16, 2014

Bobby Jones Blog

Bobby Jones – The 10th Hole Collection


An old favourite has been given an update. Bobby Jones is one of the original… Read on

June 12, 2014

Grant Forrest Blog

Scot lifts 2014 Links Trophy after thrilling final day

Links News

Scotland’s top-ranked amateur Grant Forrest eagled and birdied the 18th on the Old Course and… Read on

June 9, 2014

St Rule Blog

Jess Meek lifts St Rule Trophy

Links News

Scotland’s Jess Meek scored the biggest win of her fledgling career when she beat France’s… Read on

June 2, 2014

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Eve Muirhead visits the Golf Academy


Don’t you just hate those people who are good at everything? You know the ones:… Read on

May 30, 2014

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Verticutting the Old Course


Aggressive growth of the grass sward on the Old Course putting surfaces is not unusual… Read on

May 26, 2014

AZ golf camp blog

Be part of the Allianz Golf Camp 2014

Links News

This July St Andrews Links will welcome a group of lucky young golfers and their… Read on

May 20, 2014

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Director of Greenkeeping Q&A


Last month we invited you to put your questions to our Director of Greenkeeping, Gordon… Read on

May 15, 2014

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Old Pavilion opens with ceremonial putt

Links News

The Old Pavilion at St Andrews Links has officially opened after the Provost of Fife struck a… Read on

May 12, 2014

Coffee adventure

A coffee adventure


This month a few members of our Food & Beverage team have been on an… Read on

May 9, 2014


April’s Greenkeeping operations


Catch up on some of the greenkeeping operations that took place across the Links in… Read on

April 30, 2014

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Have you downloaded the St Andrews Links App?

Links News

Planning a trip to the Home of Golf? Downloading the St Andrews Links official app for iPhone… Read on

April 28, 2014

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Three generations celebrate Father & Son success

Links News

The 2014 Father & Son Tournament proved a very special family affair for the Pinckneys… Read on

April 22, 2014

Bubba & Scott blog feature

A contrast of styles: Bubba vs Scott


As the final putt dropped at Augusta on Sunday evening, Bubba Watson was celebrating his… Read on

April 17, 2014

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EP Pro SS14 Collection


We were lucky enough to spend some time with Kris Wortman who is the Vice President… Read on

April 10, 2014

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Caddie Manager Q&A


Last week we invited your questions on Twitter to put to our Caddie Manager, Robert Thorpe…. Read on

April 1, 2014


Fairway Mats and the perfect iron shot


I always look forward to this time of year for several reasons. The days are… Read on

March 25, 2014

18th shop blog

New look for 18th Green Shop


The St Andrews Links Golf Shop that looks onto the 18th Green of the Old… Read on

March 20, 2014


Grass growth


The weather may have improved recently with some sunny and warmer days but it’s worth… Read on

March 18, 2014

Fall 2014 Margarita

Fall 2014


We have not long returned from the PGA Show in Orlando where we viewed the… Read on

March 3, 2014

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Winter work on The Castle


Over the winter months we have been working on our programme of on-going course alterations… Read on

February 24, 2014


Rules are rules


A topic which seems very current at the moment in the golfing world is the… Read on

February 20, 2014


How story boards bring our collections to life


Merchandise is a big part of our business here at St Andrews Links. You will… Read on

January 21, 2014


What a year!


From the greenkeepers to the catering staff, we’ve all had a busy year in 2013;… Read on

January 16, 2014


Plugging away on the Old Course


Just prior to Christmas, the St Andrews Links greenkeeping team were busy replacing divots on… Read on

January 9, 2014


A new year, a new season


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and we wish you… Read on

January 6, 2014


Cheyenne Woods swing analysis


When the Ricoh Woman’s British Open was staged here at St Andrews Links in August,… Read on

November 21, 2013


All quiet at The Castle


With the busy summer behind us now, we face the shorter and colder days of… Read on

November 18, 2013


Autumn renovations


We’ve had a busy last few weeks on the Old Course with autumn renovation works… Read on

November 1, 2013


Looking back on the Dunhill


Forget about being a golf instructor and working in the industry, I’m a golf fan… Read on

October 9, 2013

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Swilcan Festive Lunch


Celebrate the festive season in style this year with a delicious lunch at the Swilcan… Read on

October 7, 2013


The hole truth


The golf hole is somewhere that every golfer on a course goes and this is… Read on

October 3, 2013


The caddies of the Dunhill


As the dust settles on another championship at St Andrews Caddie Manager Robert Thorpe reflects… Read on

September 30, 2013

App update

Brand new features in app update

Links News

The St Andrews Links app for iPhone and Android has launched an update with brand… Read on

September 27, 2013


Gearing up for the Dunhill


So another tournament is on the way; this time of year sees the return of… Read on

September 20, 2013


Guide to rolling greens


An increasing trend in maintaining greens over the past 10 years has been greens rolling…. Read on

September 4, 2013

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Jam-packed summer at the Academy


Phew, looks like we can finally draw breath! August has come to an end, and… Read on

September 2, 2013


Coffee anyone?


Now there is an abundance of places to have a coffee in St Andrews, but… Read on

August 28, 2013

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Astroturf Faced Bunkers


In July 2011 we worked with a company called Envirosports Ltd to rebuild the bunker… Read on

August 15, 2013


Feeding the players at the WBO


As I’m sure you all know, the Ricoh Women’s British Open was played on the… Read on

August 6, 2013

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WBO preparations underway


Next week the Old Course plays host to the 37th Ricoh Women’s British Open. Preparations… Read on

July 26, 2013