The Scottish town of St Andrews, on the east coast of Fife in Scotland, is widely considered the Home of Golf because the sport was first played on the Links here in the early part of the fifteenth century.
In 1457, James II banned golf because he wanted locals to focus on their archery skills. But when James IV became a golfer himself, he overturned this rule in 1502. The Guinness Book of Records reports that Archbishop Hamilton’s 1552 Charter is the earliest documentary proof of townspeople being allowed to play the game locally.
In 1754, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, originally called the Society of St Andrews Golfers, was founded. Just over 20 noblemen, professors and landowners started it, and the ‘R&A’ was the game’s original governing body.
Meanwhile, the St Andrews Old Course is the world’s oldest. Built in 1764 as the first 18-hole facility, it set the now widely recognised standard for the sport. Over the years and centuries, the site has witnessed some of golf’s most memorable moments. (Tiger Woods winning his first Open here in 2000 is just one example.)
And although The Open, the world’s oldest golf tournament, was first held in 1860 in another Scottish course, at Prestwick, St Andrews is one of a select number of locations to host this championship. (The Open has always been held on a coastal links course in Scotland, England or Northern Ireland.) The event first took place in St Andrews in 1873.
So anyone coming here for the golf can look forward to incredible facilities, a stunning location and a rich sporting history and heritage.
What we offer at Mypro Golf
Co-founders of Mypro Golf Camille Amat and Patrick Walker bring their personal passions for the great game of golf to running camps for juniors. Both love St Andrews, and giving young players from across the world the opportunity to experience the ‘Golfing Mecca’s’ particular magic!
We include days at tournaments wherever possible. Our Open Camp this summer, for example, includes a day at the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club, North Berwick.
Meanwhile, at our Players camp, juniors have the opportunity to play five rounds of golf on five wonderful St Andrews courses, including The Fairmont and the St Andrews Links. Plus all our camps include several hours of coaching with a PGA professional, guaranteeing the quality of tuition.
What’s more, as we’ve written previously, the Home of Golf is a magnet for stars of the game, so you never know who you might meet here, either out on the course or in town.
With so much on offer to young players, in arguably the best place on the planet to play golf, we’re confident we give juniors aged nine to 17 an unparalleled golfing experience. Browse our website or get in touch to learn more.