Catering for the world’s finest amateurs

The month of June comes around and so does our own St Andrews Links Trophy. We always look forward to hosting 144 of the finest amateur golfers from around the world, and our part in it as the F&B Team kicks off with a welcome BBQ held at the Eden Clubhouse.

The food order has been placed with our hire company, the BBQ’s gas and extra plates are all delivered. Everything is washed and polished and the cutlery is rolled up in napkins. The chefs in the kitchen are busy preparing salads, marinating meat, parcelling up corn on the cob in tin foil and dishing up the chocolatey and gooey desserts.

At this point I would say that the gazebos are erected outside on the patio area, but not this year… the Scottish weather played a blinder with torrential rain, wind and to be honest pretty inclement, cool temperatures.

Never mind, we are used to changing things as required so we set up a buffet in the foyer corridor, cooked off the burgers, chicken and fish then served in chafing dishes. The golfers thoroughly enjoyed the evening and in customary fashion, demolished the food.

The opening of the Old Pavilion a number of years ago is a great addition to the service we provide visiting golfers. The competitors appreciated the option to pop in for hot and cold drinks, snacks and the ever popular bacon roll.

During the final day of the tournament, we offer a buffet in the Links Clubhouse in between rounds which is greatly appreciated. The television screens are on hand for the scores to be keenly watched and a good bit of banter is usually handed out between competitors.

Despite the bad weather at the start of the tournament, the sun eventually shone and another successful St Andrews Links Trophy was enjoyed by all, in particular the 2017 champion; Matthew Jordan.

Words by Dorothy Murphy, Food and Beverage Manager

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