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.