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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

Environmental

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

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Castle Course Q&A

Play

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

Environmental

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

Environmental

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

Environmental

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

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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

Relax

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

Play

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

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Grass growth

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

March 18, 2014

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Fall 2014

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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

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

February 24, 2014

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Rules are rules

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

February 20, 2014

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How story boards bring our collections to life

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

January 21, 2014

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What a year!

Relax

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

January 16, 2014

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Plugging away on the Old Course

Play

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

January 9, 2014

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A new year, a new season

Learn

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

January 6, 2014

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Cheyenne Woods swing analysis

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

November 21, 2013

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All quiet at The Castle

Relax

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

November 18, 2013

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Autumn renovations

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

November 1, 2013

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Looking back on the Dunhill

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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

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

October 7, 2013

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The hole truth

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

October 3, 2013

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The caddies of the Dunhill

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

September 30, 2013

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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

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Gearing up for the Dunhill

Play

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

September 20, 2013

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Guide to rolling greens

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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

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

September 2, 2013

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Coffee anyone?

Relax

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

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

August 15, 2013

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Feeding the players at the WBO

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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

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

July 26, 2013

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Exceptional technique at Muirfield

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Excitement is building as The Open Championship returns to Muirfield this week and I’ll be… Read on

July 17, 2013

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Schools out!

Relax

With all the beautiful weather we’ve been having the summer has officially arrived, and with… Read on

July 8, 2013

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The art of irrigation

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It’s been great to experience the recent dry spell. Only 9mm of rain has fallen… Read on

June 28, 2013

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Delicious new beverages at the Links Clubhouse

Relax

Sometimes a drink is well needed after a round of golf. Here at the Links… Read on

June 26, 2013

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Taking the rough with the smooth

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It’s normal that in June the rough is at its thickest. The warmer weather encourages… Read on

June 17, 2013

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Charity cycle for Cancer Research

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On 18 May several employees at St Andrews Links, including yours truly, participated in a… Read on

June 12, 2013

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Rygrass control in Links turf

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A fine example of beautiful links turf is the 16th green on the Jubilee. It… Read on

June 10, 2013

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Tournament preparation

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It looks like a busy couple of weeks ahead for the dedicated Links greenkeeping teams!… Read on

May 31, 2013

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Kids’ at the Home of Golf

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“Cute, colourful and fun” are all words used to describe one of the best-selling product… Read on

May 28, 2013

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Swilcan Suppers & Cullen Skink

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The Swilcan Supper menu has its opening night on Friday 31st May and it’s certainly… Read on

May 23, 2013

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Spraying operations

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Spring has finally sprung and our turf is under attack from invading weeds like daisies,… Read on

May 17, 2013

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Links chef at European Seafood Exposition

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This year, St Andrews Links’ very own Executive Chef, Ian MacDonald, attended the European Seafood… Read on

May 15, 2013

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Looking back and looking forward

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The Masters Is that not just the best picture? Adam Scott celebrating his birdie putt… Read on

May 9, 2013

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Spring maintenance on the Links

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It’s getting to that time of year again when we begin to increase the work we… Read on

May 6, 2013

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Tom Kitchin in our Kitchen

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We, at the Swilcan Restaurant in the Links Clubhouse, recently hosted a wonderful event showcasing… Read on

May 3, 2013

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We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new app available for iPhone… Read on

May 1, 2013

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Peter Millar at the Old Course Shop

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Founded by Chris Knott in 2001 with a single Cashmere Sweater, Peter Millar has grown… Read on

April 26, 2013

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A splash of colour for summer

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Here at St Andrews Links Golf Shops, we love colour and this year you will… Read on

April 19, 2013

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A Golfing Pit Stop

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We’ve all been there; you’ve just played one of the worst nine holes in your… Read on

April 17, 2013

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Lack of Growth

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As we head into the high season, one of the issues that we have to… Read on

April 15, 2013

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Links greenkeeper fulfills lifetime’s ambition at Masters

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Slightly different working week for me this week, as I write this blog I’m working… Read on

April 12, 2013

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It’s Masters Week!

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Well, hands up if you’re excited about the Masters? …Sorry, stopped typing there as had… Read on

April 10, 2013

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Our very own St Andrews Links Tartan

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Tartan week is coming to an end for 2013 in the US, and so what… Read on

April 8, 2013

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Easter Holidays at the Links

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Well it’s that time of year again! The Easter holidays have arrived and it is… Read on

April 5, 2013

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The Italian Job

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Here at St Andrews Links Golf Shops, we have already started preparing ourselves for the… Read on

April 3, 2013

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Organic Matter Sampling

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Everyone knows that the greens at St Andrews are great at this time of the… Read on

April 2, 2013

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What to do about bunkers?

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After a busy winter, with a lot of the bunkers getting their faces rebuilt and… Read on

March 27, 2013

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Excitement for the Links Kitchen!

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There has been a lot going on recently for the staff of the Links kitchen… Read on

March 25, 2013

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Trackman arrives at Golf Academy

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Here at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy, we pride ourselves on delivering the very… Read on

March 21, 2013