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Keep up to date with the day to day goings on from across the Links

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Ever heard of a Polyporus squamosus?

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There are many large fungi growing at the Home of Golf such as giant puffballs… Read on

June 26, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 17 – Road

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Join our Director of Instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, Steve North for a… Read on

June 24, 2015

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The Links Trophy marker’s call

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A quiet weekend was turned upon its head when a call from John Grant, Tournament… Read on

June 18, 2015

Hole O'Cross blog

How to Play the Old Course: Hole 5 – Hole O’Cross

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Join our Director of Instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, Steve North for a… Read on

June 16, 2015

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Taste our best

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Here at the Home of Golf we pride ourselves on providing some of the finest… Read on

June 11, 2015

How to Play - Hole 14 blog

How to Play the Old Course: Hole 14 – Long

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Join our Director of Instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, Steve North for a… Read on

June 10, 2015

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Hares, orchids & nesting birds

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Our specially positioned infra-red camera caught this inquisitive hare on the Castle Course at dusk last… Read on

June 9, 2015

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Italy’s Zucchetti stands tall to lift 2015 Links Trophy

Links News

Italy’s Federico Zucchetti overcame some of the best amateur golfers in the world, and the… Read on

June 8, 2015

How to Play - Hole 3 blog

How to Play the Old Course: Hole 3 – Cartgate (out)

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Join our Director of Instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, Steve North for a… Read on

June 3, 2015

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Video diary: May

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Watch our latest video diary in the run up to The Open this July. In… Read on

May 28, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 11 – High (in)

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Join our Director of Instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, Steve North for a… Read on

May 27, 2015

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Flora and fauna

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Two delightful rarities have been found these past few weeks including a ventriloquist bird and… Read on

May 22, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 1 – Burn

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Join our Director of Instruction at St Andrews Links Golf Academy, Steve North for a… Read on

May 21, 2015

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Spotlight on supplier: Fore Kids Golf

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We tell the story of one of our newest brands to be stocked here at… Read on

May 19, 2015

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Keeping the mowers sharp

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It is vital that our greenkeeping equipment is kept up to scratch at all times… Read on

May 15, 2015

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St Andrews University students lend a helping hand

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We welcomed a few helpers last week when a group of students turned out to assist… Read on

May 11, 2015

Blair blog

Q&A with Academy Instructor Blair

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We recently invited you to put your Twitter questions to our regular blogger and Golf Academy Instructor,… Read on

May 7, 2015

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Birds in full voice on the Links

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The yellowhammers, wrens, linnets, skylarks and chaffinches have all been in full voice this past… Read on

April 23, 2015

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Golf Academy Instructor’s Masters experience

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This year’s Masters was a feast of golf with birdies galore and the emergence of… Read on

April 20, 2015

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Eden 5th green set to reopen

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Over the winter months, we’ve been keeping you up to date with our changes to the… Read on

April 17, 2015

Relax blog

Celebrating Scottish fare at the Swilcan Restaurant

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One thing we love doing in Food and Beverage is functions. Last week we hosted a rustic Scottish evening event in… Read on

April 9, 2015

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Masters week has arrived

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The first hole on the Old Course is already beginning to show signs of the… Read on

April 6, 2015

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A new habitat on the Links

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The past few weeks have seen the teams across the Links perform one or two… Read on

April 1, 2015

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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

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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

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

March 17, 2015

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2015 PGA Merchandise Show

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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

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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

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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

Environmental

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

February 27, 2015

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How to repair a pitchmark

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Environmental

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

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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

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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

Environmental

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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20 varieties of fungi

Environmental

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

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

November 20, 2014

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Eden 5th green renovations – update

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

November 18, 2014

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Strimming, sand martins & parasols

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

November 13, 2014

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Short game and the one-handed chip

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

November 11, 2014

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Castle closes its doors

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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

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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

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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

Environmental

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

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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

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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

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

October 7, 2014

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Links Course Manager returns to Gleneagles for Ryder Cup

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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

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Customisation team help rugby legend

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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

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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

Environmental

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

September 26, 2014

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Dunhill preparations

Play

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

September 24, 2014

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New visitors spotted on the Links

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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

Environmental

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

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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

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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

Environmental

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

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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

Play

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

Relax

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

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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

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

August 18, 2014

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Wildlife on the Links

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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

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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

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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

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

July 11, 2014

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The next chapter for Bradley Neil

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

July 4, 2014

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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

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Bumble Bees & Wild Flowers

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

June 27, 2014

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A look inside the Old Pavilion

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

May 26, 2014

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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

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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

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A coffee adventure

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

May 9, 2014

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April’s Greenkeeping operations

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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

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A contrast of styles: Bubba vs Scott

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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

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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

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

April 1, 2014

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Fairway Mats and the perfect iron shot

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

March 25, 2014

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New look for 18th Green Shop

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

March 20, 2014