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

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Creative Talent in Focus: Kevin Murray

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

November 29, 2016

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Winter Environmental Work on the Eden

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

November 23, 2016

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Supplier Showcase: Donald Ross

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

November 15, 2016

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Alterations to 4th and 15th Jubilee

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

November 11, 2016

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Links Chef at Culinary Olympics

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

November 4, 2016

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Natural dune screening on the Jubilee

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

November 1, 2016

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How to play the Road Hole

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

October 28, 2016

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Open sand areas restored on the New Course

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

October 24, 2016

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My experience as a seasonal greenkeeper at The Castle

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

October 18, 2016

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A familiar face spotted on the Links

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

October 11, 2016

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Merchandising the Links

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

September 30, 2016

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Arnold Palmer: St Andrews in his own words

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

September 27, 2016

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St Andrews Juniors Jet to Japan

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

September 21, 2016

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Operation Pollinator: saving the bees

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

September 14, 2016

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SALJGA season draws to a close

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

September 9, 2016

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Restoration men

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

September 6, 2016

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Course preparation for August tournaments

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

August 26, 2016

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Why is gorse management so important?

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

August 23, 2016

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Spotlight on our Retail Manager

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

August 18, 2016

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A hazard for some, a home for others

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

August 9, 2016

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What it’s like to play the Old Course

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

August 3, 2016

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Old Pavilion now fully licensed

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

July 19, 2016

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#TBT: A year since the 144th Open

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

July 14, 2016

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Super season for our junior golfers

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

July 8, 2016

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Bringing our merchandise to life

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

June 21, 2016

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Fife’s larder: local lobster on the menu

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

June 14, 2016

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Sand martins return to the Links

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

June 9, 2016

Red arrow blog

Photo story: Red Arrows fly over Home of Golf

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

June 7, 2016

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The joys of spring at The Castle

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

May 24, 2016

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How important is a wedge fitting?

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

May 20, 2016

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Video blog – Behind the scenes with Kevin Murray

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

May 11, 2016

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The Old Course Shop turns 10

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

March 17, 2016

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Repairing pitchmarks

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

February 4, 2016

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Recruitment Day 2016

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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

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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

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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

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

January 12, 2016

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Christmas birds

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

November 5, 2015

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A season to remember: Jon Wood

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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

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

October 29, 2015

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The Green Team

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”

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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

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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

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

August 11, 2015

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Tiger Woods hosts SALJGA clinic

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

July 28, 2015

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Crowd control

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

July 23, 2015

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Michelin star chef joins roll call at the Home of Golf

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

July 14, 2015

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

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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

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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)

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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?

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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

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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

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A quiet weekend was turned upon its head when a call from John Grant, Tournament… Read on

June 18, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 5 – Hole O’Cross

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Italy’s Federico Zucchetti overcame some of the best amateur golfers in the world, and the… Read on

June 8, 2015

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How to Play the Old Course: Hole 3 – Cartgate (out)

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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

May 21, 2015

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Spotlight on supplier: Fore Kids Golf

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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

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

May 15, 2015

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St Andrews University students lend a helping hand

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We welcomed a few helpers last week when a group of students turned out to assist… Read on

May 11, 2015

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Q&A with Academy Instructor Blair

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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

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

April 23, 2015

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Golf Academy Instructor’s Masters experience

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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

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Over the winter months, we’ve been keeping you up to date with our changes to the… Read on

April 17, 2015

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Celebrating Scottish fare at the Swilcan Restaurant

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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

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The first hole on the Old Course is already beginning to show signs of the… Read on

April 6, 2015