Last golf before Covid-19 closedown

Caddie Golf Tours, took some time out last Sunday from the ever threatening Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic to golf 9 holes on the Castle Course St Andrews.

Little did I think that this would be the last round of golf I would play. Within a couple of days the St Andrews Links Trust had closed all their courses, including the Old Course, on the advice/orders from the British Government.

The Castle Course was deserted with those few golfers that were in sight playing solo golf due to the Covid-19 virus, as was I.

With the whole country now in an enforced shut down I will look back on these 9 holes with fondness and enjoy the i

2020 tee markers on Old Course St Andrew

The Old Course and the other links courses in St Andrews have moved towards non gender specific tee markers for the 2020 season. No longer do they have a red disc for ladies, yellow for gents and white for the gents medal/competition on their tees.

They have introduced green, blue and black to signify forward, middle and back respectively. Golfers are encouraged to play from the tee position that suits their game...Fore!

Old Course 17th Road hole bunker

Work on the restructuring of the infamous Old Course 17th Road hole bunker is well under way for this 2020 golf season.  We extend best wishes to our golfers tackling this iconic golf hole on their visit to the Old Course St Andrews, and Caddie Golf Tours are here to assist with your Scotland golf tour. We look forward to hearing from you...Fore!

St Andrews Golf Club 2020

It was a delight this morning to receive an early Christmas present from the St Andrews Golf Club and my membership for the 2020 golf season.

The 'Fixture List' for 2020 states an amazing number of competitions and I will have to look closely to arrange dates throughout the year, if allowed...Fore!

Old Course Reverse Route 2019

A few images from the Old Course St Andrews when it was played in the 'reverse' route at the end of November 2019.

The Old Course awoke to a frosty day and a delayed start to the 'Shotgun' start from the R&A cannon! The golfers began at 11:00 am, a few hours later than the original 08:40 start.

The 1st hole on the reverse route is the 17th 'Road' hole as we know it now in the modern era. It was rather odd to see the white flag fly on the 17th green and then to move onto the 2nd hole, which is the normal 16th, and a white pin but it soon became acceptable to see the white flags and red flags fly...strangely.

The above photographs show the iconic 1st green with a back nine 'red' flag signifying that it is the 17th on this reverse routing of the Old Course.

The final 18th green remains the same on the Old Course reverse course but, even with a delayed start, the hard overnight frost refused to lift from this famous green and the golfers played on...Fo…

Golf the Old Course in Reverse

The St Andrews Links Trust officially announced last week that they are to reintroduce the reverse route on the Old Course for two days, 29th and 30th November. Golfers will have the opportunity to play the Old Course in the original clockwork direction, thus the infamous 17th Road hole now becomes the 1st, and then the 16th, as we know it now, will be the 2nd and so on.

If I remember correctly it was last played in reverse during April 2008, over an Easter weekend. A unique Ballot was held at the end of last week and those golfers who submitted an application have been informed if they were successful.
As it is the end of the year daylight hours are in short supply and tee times will be between 08:40 and 12 noon. Only 3 hours with 21 tee times adding up to 84 golfers. On Saturday 30th November a competition will be held for local golf clubs and is therefore limited to local players.  It should be noted that winter fairway mats are in use but the usual trolley restrictions will be lifted f…

St Andrews 2020 green fees

The 2019 & 2020 winter green fees for the Old Course St Andrews have been published along with those for the full 2020 golf season.

1st Jan - 31st March, low season, 95 British Pounds 1st - 19th April, shoulder season, 133 British Pounds 20th April - 18th October, high season, 195 British Pounds 19th - 31st October, shoulder season, 137 British Pounds 1st November - 31st December, low season, 98 British Pounds
Please contact Caddie Golf Tours to assist with your visit to golf Scotland and St Andrews, we look forward to hearing from you...Fore!

2019 - 2020 St Andrews Winter Golf

There is a common misconception that little golf is played in St Andrews and Scotland during the winter months because of our extreme weather.

May I assure you all that we are not buckled under a ton of snow, rain and howling arctic winds through our winter, well not all the time. LB and I are now in our 4th year living in the historic village of Kingsbarns, only 6 miles down the coast from St Andrews and winter golf is very much apart of life for local St Andrews golfers.

All the local golf clubs, including mine at the St Andrews Golf Club, have a full program of winter competitions from beginning of January through to the end of March that I can participate in, if the mood takes, as well as just playing some fun golf with family and friends.

The visiting golfer should be made aware that golf on the St Andrews Links courses during the winter months, November through to March, is played from an astro turf mat. These are used to protect the fairways from heavy divots when there is obvious…
The "Flynn Party" of 12 Chicago golfers returned to Scotland after their 2013 St Andrews golf trip for a Highland golf tour last month, September.

A true joy to work with the lead golfers, Mr Flynn and Mr Baker, and arrange the golf tour that they desired which we began putting together in September 2018. Rather than golf in and around St Andrews, which they had done on their previous visit with Caddie Golf Tours, it was the lure of golf in Highlands that excited them.

The golf begins at the legendary Carnoustie Championship, recent host to 2018 Open won by Francisco Molinari, straight off the overnight flight from USA and a 2 hour transfer to Carnoustie. A lovely lunch then onto the golf course with a little Scottish rain to begin the tour. The rain stopped after an hour and did not return for the rest of the highland golf tour.

A transfer to Inverness after golf at Carnoustie and a 2 night stay at Kingsmills Hotel with golf at Nairn and then a full day of 36 holes at Cast…