Showing posts from September, 2014

Alfred Dunhill Practice Day

I drive my wee 2 door VW Golf, bought in late 2001, which has now done an astonishing 233,300 miles, into St. Andrews to pick up HK, my long time golfer from San Francisco. We are heading over to the Carnoustie Championship course for a practice round as we are participating in the European Tour's Dunhill Links Championship event.

When I meet HK at the appointed time of 07:30am and place his clubs in the trunk of my old VW, he informs me that we have a second golfer (friend) to pick up at the Old Course Hotel. The golfer is the former VP, Dan Quayle.

This was all beginning to become rather surreal. This is just a small VW Golf (sic) transporting a couple of golfers to Carnoustie. Simple journey...Fore!

We arrive, we play golf on Carnoustie, one of Scotland's greatest golf links, we depart and journey back to St. Andrews. It was a good day of links golf with HK, who played really well, and my new pal Dan...

St. Andrews Golf Sept/Oct 2014

After two weeks of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club's annual Autumn Meeting held on the Old Course, here at St. Andrews, it is once again open for play to local and visiting golfers from tomorrow Saturday 20th September.

It is expected to be an exceptionally busy week, many of the spectators beginning to arrive in Scotland for next week's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, will naturally gravitate to St. Andrews looking to golf the Old Course. As can be seen from the above Ballot Results for Saturday the first tee time is 7:00am and last is at 3:00pm. A finite number are available so good luck to those entering the Ballot/Lottery next week.

Golf on the Old Course will only last for one week as the European Golf Tour rolls into town with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship being staged from Sunday 28th September until Monday 6th October. Carnoustie Championship and Kingsbarns Golf Links will also be closed for this week as they participate in …

The Old Course in September 2015

For all the golfers out there considering golfing at St. Andrews next year, 2015, it should be noted that the grand Old Course will be closed for one month beginning 20th June - 21st July for the final preparations and playing of the 144th Open Championship, and the 29th upon the Old Course at St. Andrews.

There are plenty of opportunities to golf this legendary links before and after the Open Championship but we would advise missing the most awkward month to just turn up and play...September. This month has no tee times via the Advanced Booking Process and very few tee times available via the Ballot/Lottery system, that is used throughout the year for those golfers turning up on speculation. This is due to the R&A Golf Club's annual Autumn Meeting and the European Golf Tour's Dunhill Links Championship who both dominate the month of September in 2015.

From our experienced reading of tee times in September there are generally only 12 available each day, maximum, via the Ball…