St Andrews caddies return to work

The St Andrews caddies returned to work on the Old Course and the other links courses after the enforced layoff, due to Covid-19, stopped them working on March 24th.
St Andrews caddies with their golfers on Swilken Bridge
This has been a tough time for the caddies who would have been working flat out with the majority of the 170 registered during the season looking at doing 2 loops a day. As it is we have close to 45 caddies available for work on the St Andrews Links caddying 2 loops a week. Caddie work is expected to increase as we move into the month of August and visiting golfers return to St Andrews and Scotland.
Caddies with golfers on Old Course 18th green
A few expected restrictions are in place: suitable distancing, golf bag is placed on a complimentary push trolley with sanitized handle, no handling of players clubs or golf ball, caddie to provide hole information and shot advice as normal. No one in the group is allowed to touch the flagstick. Outwith that it is business as norm…

St Andrews Golf Offer August - September 2020

Golf: 5 rounds: *Old Course, Dumbarnie Links, Crail Balcomie Links, Castle Course, Lundin GC Stay: 5 nights at 5 star Fairmont Hotel St Andrews, in shared room Cost: from £1350 per person (subject to availability)

*Old Course tee time accessed through local Ballot with assistance from Caddie Golf Tours and green fee paid direct to Starter. Alternative local golf arranged if unsuccessful.
Golf in Scotland is returning and this summer the golfer has an opportunity to play the greatest Open venue at St Andrews and our exceptional links courses located around the town. Contact Caddie Golf Tours to discuss your golf tour options. 

St Andrews Castle Course opens

The St Andrews Links Trust will be opening the celebrated Castle Course on Monday 27th July after the forced closure in late March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 
It should be noted that due to Covid-19 there will be some restrictions in place, the main one being no access to changing facilities but the toilets are available in the clubhouse, and the Halfway Hut will be open for limited snacks and drinks from 09:00 - 16:00 each day.
The driving range will also be available for a quick warm up before your tee off as is the practice putting green.
Please contact Caddie Golf Tours for information about golf at the Castle Course, St Andrews, and across Scotland.

St Andrews Practice Facility Opens

Good news from the St Andrews Links Trust with the opening of their excellent Golf Academy from 1st July. It will be open to golfers from 12 noon through to 7pm, seven days a week where you will be able to access:driving range from the grass in front of the Academy. No covered bays are openShort game area, with numbers of golfers limitedLimited daily lessons from St Andrews Links PGA Instruction TeamCustom Fitting Sessions at the Callaway Performance Centre
With the Scottish Government easing Covid-19 travel restrictions from Friday 3rd July it is expected that there will be an increase of visitors to the St Andrews area, and Scotland, from around the country. It is expected that accommodation, restaurants, bars and the wider Scottish tourism market will begin to reopen from 15th July.

Old Course match with Donald

A great but tough day of matchplay golf on the Old Course St Andrews against Donald, my good friend and St Andrews caddie. He kindly gave me 3 shots each side.

It is the 19th June and St Andrews has been afflicted with the haar, a sea mist, for the last 6 days. Visibility got quite bad out at the Eden Estuary and the par 3 11th hole, as can be seen from Donald's tee shot, only 160 yards to the pin!

It did begin to clear as we played the back nine and by the time we reached the 17th we could see the town of St Andrews from the tee position. The match is over, as Boyne drove OB from the 16th tee, Donald winning 4&2.

From the 17th tee both drives find the thin slither of fairway, remarkably, Boyne 200 yards from front edge of green and Donald 180 yards. One makes bogey and he par!

St Andrews allow 3 and 4 golfers

The St Andrews Links Trust have announced today that local ticketholders in St Andrews can now play golf in 3 or 4 balls with golfers from no more than 3 households. This will allow us to golf with local friends and also the option of inviting one or more guests to join us. 

This announcement is in line with the Scottish government's physical distancing 2 metre rule and the travel restrictions of 'broadly' 5 miles which, if truth be known, is being loosely interpreted.