Golf in St Andrews

St Andrews and its Old Course, has witnessed every single change in the game over its 600-year history. Over the years, the town and its links have grown to inhabit its moniker and, now, this small settlement of seven golf courses and 17,000 people is unchallenged as the spiritual home of a game played by almost 60 million people worldwide.

Nobody has described this unique sporting relationship better than the famous golf writer, historian and St Andrean, Keith Mackie, who, in his book Golf at St Andrews, writes:

“This sandy soil has felt the tread of every great champion; it has flinched as millions of golfers down the centuries have hammered and hacked, swiped and swooshed at balls of wood, leather, gutter percha and balata; it has felt the caress of hand-crafted clubs of hickory and blackthorn and suffered the sharp assault of today’s flashing blades of steel and titanium.”

For that reason, and many more besides, St Andrews truly is the Home of Golf.

 

The Home of Golf

Since as early as 1691, when St Andrews was described as “the metropolis of golf”, the Auld Grey Toon on Scotland’s east coast has been regarded as the game’s spiritual home.

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club

Evolving over 250 colourful years of British history, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews has grown from a small society of no fixed abode into a club whose membership of around 2,500 extends worldwide.

St Andrews Links Trust

In 1974, with the demise of the Town Council following local government reform, the St Andrews Links Trust was created by an Act of Parliament to continue running the Links as public golf courses on which anyone could play.