St Andrews Links Trust

St Andrews Links Trust is a charitable organisation responsible for the management and maintenance of the Links courses at St Andrews, including the famous Old Course, host of the 2015 Open Championship. The Trust was established in 1974 and employs more than 300 permanent staff and seasonal workers during the high season.

The Old Course is at the heart of the Links but it is part of a family of seven public courses, three of which are well over 100 years old. Over 200,000 rounds of golf a year are played on the Links with its three championship courses, the Old, the New and the Jubilee,the recently added Castle Course, two 18 hole courses, the Eden and the Strathtyrum, and the nine-hole Balgove Course.

The Trust manages a number of additional facilities including the Links, Eden and Castle Course clubhouses, the Golf Practice Centre and Golf Academy and five shops. Any revenues generated go back into the running of the historic courses.

We at Saints Golf are incredibly fortunate to receive support and friendship from the Links Trust, our team benefit from counting the world class Golf Academy as their practice base and all students at the University can take advantage of the opportunity to purchase a Links Ticket at heavily discounted prices, thereby allowing them access to all the courses in St Andrews year round. 

The R&A

Each year the R&A invests more than £300,000 in student and University golf and our Saints Golf programme is fortunate to be one of the recipients of this support.

Formed in 2004 and based in St Andrews, The R&A seeks to engage in and support activities that are undertaken for the benefit of the sport of golf and, despite deriving its name from the members’ club, is separate and distinct from The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

The R&A organises The Open, golf’s oldest and most international major championship, along with a number of other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies.
Together The R&A and the USGA govern the sport of golf worldwide, operating in separate jurisdictions but sharing a commitment to a single code for the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status and Equipment Standards. The R&A governs worldwide, outside of the United States and Mexico, with the consent of 152 organisations from amateur and professional golf and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries.

As well as receiving financial support as a programme we also benefit from our players of a certain standard being able to receive individual bursaries from the R&A to help support their golf and study whilst at St Andrews.

  • “Living, playing and studying here in the Home of Golf is a truly unique experience”
    David Watt – Director of Golf, University of St Andrews
  • “To play for the University of St Andrews Golf Team made that experience even more important to me – the combination of the traditions, the people I’ve met through the matches and the wider network, the extraordinary places we played, and the consistently brilliant competition, are highlights of my life.”
    Storm Boswick – MA Honours, 1991
  • “I am proud to support the golf program at the University of St Andrews. The Home of Golf is an iconic place where the history, values and the tradition of the game are intertwined with the culture of the town and the people who reside there.”
    Tom Ross – Managing Director of Raymond James & Associates, 600 Club Member
  • “The golf programme they have at St Andrews is a great option for players who want top level academics but do not want to compromise on the quality of the golf programme - it's a special opportunity to be a student athlete in the Home of Golf.”
    Claude Harmon III