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The stories from behind the scenes at the Home of Golf

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

April showers – not this month


April in Scotland – usually a time for rain and lots of it! This year… Read on

April 24, 2017

Fine tuning The Castle Course


Some people may think we put our feet up and get the cards out once… Read on

April 11, 2017

The Masters Moments


The clocks have changed, spring is here and the golfing world is about to serve… Read on

March 31, 2017

Course Supervising at the Home of Golf


St Andrews Links Greenkeeper, Craig Berry, reflects on the first nine months of his new… Read on

March 15, 2017

Setting up shop for 2017


It’s that time of year again for the St Andrews Links retail team. 2017 is… Read on

March 7, 2017

GIS Show: The greenkeeping world meets in Florida


At the start of February (from left to right in image below) Gordon Moir (Director… Read on

February 27, 2017

Inspiring greenkeepers of the future


SRUC (Scottish Rural College) Elmwood are an educational facility 10 miles from St Andrews that… Read on

February 22, 2017

2017 PGA Merchandise Show: Setting up shop


As a rule, America knows how to put on a show. Bigger and better seems… Read on

February 17, 2017



Here at the customisation department we’re always looking at ways to help golfers of all… Read on

February 8, 2017

Boundless work on The Castle Course fencing


Over the years, the boundary fence on the coastal side of The Castle Course has… Read on

February 3, 2017

A healthy cheque for charity

Links News

St Andrews Links is a charitable trust and, aside from golf, we’re passionate about supporting local… Read on

January 31, 2017

#TBT: Sunday golf in St Andrews

Links News

A famous and historic tradition, Sunday golf has never been permitted on the Old Course…. Read on

January 26, 2017

Is your practice holding you back?


This time last year I wrote a piece on ‘how to practice properly’ in relation… Read on

January 20, 2017

Cheape’s bunker restoration


Our winter programme has been blessed with some pretty kind weather, so much so that… Read on

January 16, 2017

Creative talent in focus: Linda Hartough


In the final instalment of our creative talent series, we are showcasing renowned golf artist;… Read on

December 21, 2016

Creative talent in focus: Jonathan Dowling


Jonathan Dowling is a young artist who grew up in a small village near St… Read on

December 16, 2016

New machinery helps drainage at The Castle


With drainage a priority again this winter at The Castle Course and wanting to maximise… Read on

December 13, 2016

Creative talent in focus: Kevin Murray


St Andrews Links is blessed with some of the most amazing views. Over the years,… Read on

November 29, 2016

Winter environmental work on the Eden


We had the opportunity to commence some of our winter environmental management plans earlier than… Read on

November 23, 2016

Supplier showcase: Donald Ross


In 1899, a talented young golfer, greenkeeper and club maker from Dornoch, Scotland, named Donald… Read on

November 15, 2016

Alterations to 4th and 15th Jubilee


Our busy winter maintenance programme continues with work currently taking place on the 4th and 15th holes of… Read on

November 11, 2016

Links Chef at Culinary Olympics


St Andrews Links Executive Chef, Ian MacDonald, recently returned from a 10 day trip to Germany… Read on

November 4, 2016

Natural dune screening on the Jubilee


The golfing season might be winding down but it has been a busy few weeks… Read on

November 1, 2016

How to play the Road Hole


The seventeenth hole on the Old Course is quite possibly the most difficult hole in… Read on

October 28, 2016

Open sand areas restored on the New Course


Golf originated here on the now famous St Andrews links land hundreds of years ago…. Read on

October 24, 2016

My experience as a seasonal greenkeeper at The Castle


Finding the right opportunity as a seasonal greenkeeper still learning the craft can be tough. There… Read on

October 18, 2016

A familiar face spotted on the Links


A familiar face returned to the Home of Golf last month to catch up with some old… Read on

October 11, 2016

Merchandising the Links


Our retail offering at the Home of Golf has grown significantly over the years with five shops operating here… Read on

September 30, 2016

Arnold Palmer: St Andrews in his own words

Links News

Last year Arnold Palmer took the time to contribute a piece for our annual Yearbook reflecting… Read on

September 27, 2016

St Andrews juniors jet to Japan


The European Tour has the Race to Dubai as their season finale, but in June… Read on

September 21, 2016

Operation Pollinator: saving the bees


Over the the last few years we’ve focused considerable effort on the development of wildflower areas on… Read on

September 14, 2016

SALJGA season draws to a close


We held the annual St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA) Junior Open and prize-giving… Read on

September 9, 2016

Restoration men

Links News

A restoration project has given a familiar landmark on the Links landscape a new lease… Read on

September 6, 2016

Course preparation for August tournaments


August is one of the busiest times of the year for the Eden greenkeeping team… Read on

August 26, 2016

Why is gorse management so important?


Across the UK, the management of gorse bushes now plays a crucial role in the… Read on

August 23, 2016

Spotlight on our Retail Manager


Kevin Liddle is Retail Manager here at St Andrews Links. He’s been working with the Links for… Read on

August 18, 2016

A hazard for some, a home for others


Although the pond located by the 14th and 15th holes of the Eden Course can… Read on

August 9, 2016

What it’s like to play the Old Course


A visitor’s account of a once in a lifetime trip to the Home of Golf… Read on

August 3, 2016

Old Pavilion now fully licensed


The Old Pavilion opened in 2014 and is located next to the first tee of… Read on

July 19, 2016

#TBT: A year since the 144th Open

Links News

As the 145th Open Championship gets underway at Royal Troon it now marks a year… Read on

July 14, 2016

Super season for our junior golfers


It’s been a super season for SALJGA! And for those of you who are not familiar,… Read on

July 8, 2016

Bringing our merchandise to life


Across our retail business we’re passionate about reflecting the high standards of the courses and facilities… Read on

June 21, 2016

Fife’s larder: local lobster on the menu


Our Executive Chef, Ian MacDonald is passionate about the produce we use across the Home… Read on

June 14, 2016

Sand martins return to the Links


Over the past couple of months, efforts have been made to create a new habitat… Read on

June 9, 2016

Photo story: Red Arrows fly over Home of Golf

Links News

As the world’s leading amateur golfers competed in the St Andrews Links Trophy, players and… Read on

June 7, 2016

The joys of spring at The Castle


After one of the wettest winters on record, spring arrived a little later than normal… Read on

May 24, 2016

How important is a wedge fitting?


Many golfers will get fitted for their driver and irons but the ‘scoring’ part of the bag… Read on

May 20, 2016

Video blog – Behind the scenes with Kevin Murray

Links News

One of the world’s leading photographers, Kevin Murray, was appointed as our first ever official photographer… Read on

May 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Putting ‘Master’ Class


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

March 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

Tour Van Diamond


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

February 9, 2016

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 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

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

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

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

Christmas birds


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

December 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Junior Open 2015


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

October 6, 2015

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

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

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

Advanced Reservations FAQs


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

September 11, 2015

SALJGA on tour


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

September 9, 2015

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

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

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

“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

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

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 Woods hosts SALJGA clinic


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

July 28, 2015

Crowd control


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

July 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taste our best


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

June 11, 2015

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