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The Old Course Shop turns 10


It’s a special week for our flagship store here at St Andrews Links. The Old Course Shop celebrates… Read on

May 2, 2016

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Drainage at The Castle – Part 2


Earlier this month we blogged about a wet winter and drainage operations at The CastleCourse. Catch… Read on

April 25, 2016

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Astro-faced bunker build


At the beginning of April, the Eden greenkeeping team started work on a sustainable and environmentally… Read on

April 19, 2016

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Drainage at The Castle – Part 1


After what seems like months of rain during the winter, the importance of drainage was… Read on

April 15, 2016

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Calvin Klein arrives at the Links


A new brand has arrived in our stores this season and it’s one you’ll all know very… Read on

April 13, 2016

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6 signs that you need to replace your grips


One of the most common jobs we undertake here in the Custom Fit Centre at… Read on

April 1, 2016

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STRI visit the Links


Over the last week all seven of our courses here at the Links have received their annual spring… Read on

March 30, 2016

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Putting ‘Master’ Class


The first major of the season is just round the corner and what normally signals… Read on

March 23, 2016

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Castle comes out of hibernation


The beginning of the month saw The Castle Course Clubhouse come out of its annual Low Season… Read on

March 17, 2016


Repairing pitchmarks


With the Masters only a month away and many golfers already thinking about getting back… Read on

March 9, 2016

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St Leonards golf team Irish tour


Six members of the St Leonards Golf Team started their half term holidays early and… Read on

February 19, 2016

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Greenkeeping award for St Andrews Links


Last month saw over 7000 greenkeepers from all over the country making their annual pilgrimage to Harrogate… Read on

February 16, 2016

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Protecting our sand dunes – Part 2


Monday saw the beginning of repairs to a number of “blowouts” in the sand dune line along… Read on

February 12, 2016

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Tour Van Diamond


Here at the Custom Fit Centre at St Andrews Links Golf Academy we recently launched our… Read on

February 9, 2016

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Winter maintenance on the Eden Pond


The St Andrews Links greenkeeping team have this week been working on tidying up part of… Read on

February 4, 2016

Recruitment blog

Recruitment Day 2016

Links News

We are looking for talented individuals to help us deliver memorable experiences for every visitor at… Read on

January 29, 2016

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Protecting our sand dunes


Members of the St Andrews Links greenkeeping team recently helped Fife Coast and Countryside Trust (FCCT) with… Read on

January 19, 2016

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Practice with purpose


Now that the Christmas decorations have been cleared away for another year, maybe it’s time to… Read on

January 15, 2016

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A decade of greenkeeping at The Castle


In 2005 the first turf was cut and work began on ‘Course Number 7’ at… Read on

January 12, 2016

Owl blog

Christmas birds


A new species of bird showed up on the Links this week. A pair of waxwings… Read on

December 22, 2015

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Tee construction on the New


It’s mid December which means our greenkeeping teams are well underway with their winter maintenance… Read on

December 16, 2015

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Photo story: first snowfall of winter

Links News

The weekend saw our first snowfall of winter and our followers on Facebook and Twitter… Read on

December 1, 2015

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The right kind of rough


The greenkeeping team are currently hard at work thinning out the roughs via cultural methods. Machines… Read on

November 26, 2015

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Winter work & wildlife


The days are getting shorter and the nights longer but there’s still been plenty of activity on the Links over… Read on

November 13, 2015

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A season in food & drink


As we enter Low Season here at the Home of Golf and another busy year draws… Read on

November 5, 2015

Jon Wood blog feature

A season to remember: Jon Wood


Course Manager at The Castle Course, Jon Wood reflects on an eventful first season back at… Read on

October 30, 2015

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Roe, a deer


These past few weeks have been hectic to say the least with many new recordings… Read on

October 29, 2015


The Green Team


In line with new Waste Scotland Regulations coming into force, last year St Andrews Links set up a… Read on

October 13, 2015

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Junior Open 2015


2015 has been an amazing year for SALJGA with highlights including the 144th Open Championship,… Read on

October 6, 2015

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Renovations and recovery


In the run up to and during the 144th Open Championship here in July, the Golf Academy… Read on

September 28, 2015

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Swanning around in the Swilcan burn


With the osprey sightings thinning out and the swallows starting to group together there’s only… Read on

September 25, 2015

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The Castle Course: through the window


Here at The Castle Course Clubhouse we are so lucky to have a vista that’s the envy of… Read on

September 23, 2015

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Advanced Reservations FAQs


With the window for 2016 Advanced Reservations applications forms closing on Monday (14th September), we… Read on

September 11, 2015

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SALJGA on tour


The West Course at Wentworth is one of the most recognisable golf courses in the… Read on

September 9, 2015

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Sheep lend a helping hand on the Links


The sheep are back! Next time you’re out near the ninth of the Jubilee Course… Read on

September 4, 2015

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Waste to water


Our Greenkeeping team recently installed a brand new eco-friendly piece of equipment to wash down machinery… Read on

September 1, 2015

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How to renovate fine turf areas


My name is Natasha and I am a Greenkeeper based at the Eden Greenkeeping Centre here at… Read on

August 24, 2015

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“Do not move this vehicle”


It was brought to our attention that one of the greenkeeping machines, which was due… Read on

August 18, 2015

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Callaway capers at The Castle


During the Open Championship in July, The Castle Course played host to St Andrews Links’… Read on

August 13, 2015

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Guide to bunker maintenance


Although bunkers represent a very small portion of the total golf course playing area, they… Read on

August 11, 2015

Tiger feature

Tiger Woods hosts SALJGA clinic


Saturday 11th of July 2015 is not a day that SALJGA will forget in a… Read on

July 28, 2015

Open blog feature

Crowd control


Those of you who visited The Open may have seen the roped off area behind… Read on

July 23, 2015

TK blog

Michelin star chef joins roll call at the Home of Golf


The greenkeeping team at the Old Course, St Andrews Links, welcomed Michelin star chef Tom… Read on

July 14, 2015


How to Play the Old Course: Hole 18 – Tom Morris


Join our Director of Instruction, Steve North for a unique insight into how to play… Read on

July 13, 2015

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Rebuilding Hell Bunker: Time-Lapse


This time-lapse was recorded as the Old Course Greenkeeping team, led by Course Manager Gordon… Read on

July 8, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 12 – Heathery (in)


Join our Director of Instruction, Steve North for a unique insight into how to play… Read on

July 1, 2015

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Ever heard of a Polyporus squamosus?


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


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


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


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


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

June 11, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 14 – Long


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


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)


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

Links News

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)


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


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


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

May 21, 2015

Fore kids feature

Spotlight on supplier: Fore Kids Golf


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


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

May 15, 2015


St Andrews University students lend a helping hand


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


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


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

April 23, 2015

Kev Hale feature

Golf Academy Instructor’s Masters experience


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


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


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


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


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

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

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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

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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