Showing posts from September, 2015

Old Course St Andrews - 68

Today I was called up to 1st tee of the Old Course St Andrews, 12:20pm tee time, to caddie for Mr. D, an R&A member, playing in the European Tour's annual staging of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship that is golfed on the great links golf courses of Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and the Old Course and this was the final practice round for the golfers participating in the event.

I had been in Mr D's company in past years through a few R&A matches so I was scratching around my head to remember a bit of his game and shape of shot. It turns out that he has a lovely 5-10 yard fade from the tee with a low penetrating ball flight and pretty much the same with his irons. This is roughly (in my dreams) a similar game to the one I currently golf does fluctuate a wee bit and the fade can get a little extreme!

Mr D shot a 68. We had one slice of good fortune on the 1st after a decent drive the approach to the green hit the retaining wall of the Swilken Burn and bounced bac…

New R&A Captains Drive In

The newly elected R&A Captain, Mr Gavin Caldwell, drove from the 1st tee of the Old Course at 8:00am as the ceremonial cannon was fired at the same time.

My old friend and St Andrews caddie +Oliver Horovitz caught the Captain's golf ball as it slipped through the hands of numerous caddies on its way down the 1st fairway of the Old Course. Oliver receives a gold sovereign from the new Captain in exchange for his golf ball.

This was the 3rd time that Oliver has managed to retrieve the Captain's golf ball and I may suggest to him to deliberately miss catching it next year!

Oliver is the author of the book 'An American Caddie in St Andrews' that came out a few years ago detailing his growing up in St Andrews and at Harvard University while working as a caddie on the Old Course.

The following link takes you to the R&A website for more details about the New Captain and the Drive In Ceremony:…

Scotland Golf Vacation 2016

It is time to begin planning your first, or perhaps, next golf vacation to Scotland including the historic courses in St Andrews and we can add on a few extra days in the Highlands where the stunning golf links of Royal Dornoch, Nairn and Castle Stuart await your golfing pleasure.

Scotland offers the golfer so much choice of excellent golf that it can be difficult to squeeze in your 'must play' courses. Please do not hesitate to contact me at Caddie Golf Tours to advise and assist with making your Scotland golf tour a truly memorable one...Fore!

Old Course St Andrews 2016 Tee Times

Advanced Old Course St Andrews tee times for next year, 2016, are now availablefrom the St. Andrews Links Trust.

Applications for 2016 Old Course tee times are open until the 14th September. Information can be found via the St Andrews Links Trust web site and the Official Form is available now at the following link:

With good forward planning tee times at the Old Course, Muirfield GC, Carnoustie, Royal Troon, Royal Dornoch and so many others can be secured in advance. Caddie Golf Tours are based in the beating heart of Scottish golf, St. Andrews, and invite all golfers looking to golf in Scotland to contact us for good honest advice on the best route for your 2016 - 2017 golf tour to succeed.

Caddie Golf Tours are here to assist with any questions you may have with booking tee times at St. Andrews and in Scotland, please do not hesitate to contact us through the usual channels of Google+, Gmail, our Blog, Twitter and …