There’s no better place to immerse yourself in the wonderful game of golf than the town where it all began, St Andrews– and there’ll be no better time to visit this historic location than from March 28th to April 1st this year, when the inaugural St Andrews Golf Festival is being staged.
The St Andrews Golf Festival features a range of unique attractions including an impressive schedule of events, exhibitions, tours, lectures, films and skills competitions for the public. Some of golf’s most distinguished champions will be showcased at the St Andrews Golf Hotel and the Best Western Scores Hotel and will include tributes to Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones, Seve Ballesteros, the History of Golf in St. Andrews, Keepers of the Green, the Ryder Cup, Women’s Golf and much, much more.
The view from the 18th tee on the St Andrews Old Course.
There will also be art exhibitions by noted golf artists such as Graeme Baxter, Richard Chorley, Harold Riley, Joe Austen, Hugh Dodd and David Joy. Golf films will also be played at venues across St Andrews plus an exclusive viewing of unseen footage from the outtakes of the BBC film on Seve Ballesteros, introduced by the producer and director of the programme, Jo McCusker.
There’ll also be lots of daily activities, including a golf tour around St Andrews, charity putting competitions on the Links Trust putting green, hickory golf events, guided walks around the historic sites of St Andrews by a Blue Badge tourist guide as well as golf simulators and charity fundraising for the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
The Castle Course at St Andrews is one of the finest new golfing creations in the UK.
On Saturday evening, the St. Andrews Golf Festival Awards will be held in St. Andrews University’s historic Younger Hall, where Bobby Jones, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and other icons of the game received honorary degrees from the ancient university.
All exhibitions, exclusive talks, book signings and gala night events are free for all who turn up. The Festival lineup is constantly growing and further ideas include “Street Golf” in the historic lanes of St. Andrews to re-enact the game of Sillybodkins that was played during Old Tom’s day with sticks and old corks.
Kingsbarns is a must play course for anyone making the golfing pilgrimage to Scotland.
If you want to book your place in St Andrews for this wonderful celebration of the game, you can choose from a great range of unbeatable packages from in and around St Andrews to coincide with the Festival. Why not combine this celebration of golf with golf on the St Andrews Old Course itself; or indeed on one of the many other world class golf courses in and around ‘The Auld Grey Toon’ including the other famous St Andrews links courses, as well as modern gems such as the mighty Kingsbarns, the Torrance and Kittocks courses at the Fairmont St Andrews and the challenging Duke’s Course at the Old Course Hotel.
There has never been a better time to book your golfing pilgrimage to ‘The Home of Golf’ so be sure to peruse your options before settling on your dream St Andrews Golf Break.
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