Catering for the ages

Well, what a busy month July was! For the first time ever we hosted The Junior Open on the Eden Course from Sunday 15th– Wednesday 18th July. In preparation for the large number of competitors, helpers, organisers and officials, a marquee was set up just in front of the Eden Clubhouse.

This was a great hit with the kids and adults alike! They loved the outside tables, chairs and beanbags, helped by the weather being warm and sunny. The conditions couldn’t have been more perfect… as they should be in summer.

Juniors under the age of 16 descended into Edinburgh Airport from all over the world, some having never been out of their own countries before. They were well looked after by chaperones during their time in St Andrews. Everyone involved contributed to making the tournament the huge success that it was.

The competition was brought to a close with a BBQ for all on the Wednesday evening with local ice cream supplier, Graham’s, on site with their van for all to enjoy their delights in the sunshine!

There was little time to catch our breath as we were off again catering for The Senior Open immediately after The Junior Open had ended. The Links Clubhouse was given over to the players for the whole week as a space to relax and unwind.

Many of us enjoyed seeing golfers who had played in The Open at St Andrews in years gone by. It was somewhat poignant seeing them return to compete as Seniors. One such player being Miguel Ángel Jiménez who was crowned Champion at the end of a very special week.

Not to be outdone, the player’s wives were treated to a day trip during the last practice day of the Championship.

We were delighted to take them to Kellie Castle where they enjoyed the absolutely stunning gardens, a trip around the historic castle itself and lunch in the drawing room.

They were blown away by the venue… and the 34 degree heat that graced the day! A very busy and unique month for the Food and Beverage Department indeed but what an absolute pleasure it was.

Words by Dorothy Murphy, Events Manager

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