St Andrews is world renown as The Home of Golf! Golf was first played there in the 15th century and the courses were used for all kinds of activities such as football, livestock grazing and even rabbit breeding. Still today they remain open to the public and you can see families playing games and even having picnics nearby! It would be hard to imagine anything like this on the 18th hole of Augusta right? Well, that’s the magic of St Andrews and that’s what makes this place different from any other.
St Andrews also hosts The Open Championship every five years. In fact, in 2015, St Andrews hosted The Open for the 27th time, bringing over 93 000 visitors to a town which has just 17,000 permanent inhabitants – the atmosphere is electric.
The Old Course is famously known around the world but there are six other fantastic courses as well! Collectively, they are referred to as The Links and include: the New Course (established in 1895, so relatively new!), the Jubilee (1897), the Eden (1914), the Strathtyrum (1993) and the nine-hole Balgove. A seventh, the Castle Course, has been built in 2008 in a spectacular panoramic coastal setting to the south of the town.
All of this makes St Andrews the perfect setting for our juniors, providing a huge choice of golf courses in a safe yet exciting town!