Golfers, may we wish you a Happy New Year and a hearty welcome to 2019...Fore!
Caddie Golf Tours at Old Course St Andrews.
Winter golf at St Andrews starts in November and runs through to the end of March. The legendary Old Course, New, Jubilee, Eden courses are all available to golf during this period with a few restrictions, daylight being the main one.
Old Course St Andrews 1st green.
Some tee positions are moved and there are a number of bunkers being rebuilt, across all the courses, allowing the greenkeepers to work and bring them up to standard for the forthcoming golf season. The largest of the bunker projects Cockle Shell, pictured, which began in early November 2018 and will be completed by mid January.
Old Course St Andrews rebuilding Shell Bunker on 7th hole.
The main restriction asked of the golfer when in St Andrews is the use of an astro-turf mat for all fairway shots. The mats are used to protect the fairway from damage during this cold period. I personally love using them because of the extension to the golf season through the winter, and not to belittle the good lie every time!
Old Course St Andrews and the 'winter mat'.
The Scottish weather through January, February and March can be a little fickle but the lure of golfing on the great links of St Andrews and those courses in the area is, I believe, a chance worth taking. The photographs shown have all been taken over the last three weeks. If the golf is unavailable due to foul conditions the lovely town of St Andrews will entice with its numerous bars, cafes, restaurants, museums, ancient castle, cathedral, beaches and working harbour. A fantastic winter holiday is on offer.
Old Course St Andrews approach to 14th green.
Old Course St Andrews Swilken (Golfers) Bridge.
If you wish to pursue golfing on the Old Course St Andrews through the winter please do not hesitate to contact Caddie Golf Tours to discuss how we can assist with your trip. We look forward to hearing from you...Fore!
Matt Hooper, friend, founder, photographer and editor of the St Andrews Magazine has just published the winter edition 05. It is a great read covering all things St Andrews with a bit of golf thrown in. It can be found here along with this years back issues: www.issuu.com/standrewsmagazine
Old Course 17th green Road hole at St Andrews.
This festive publication features the following: A St Andrews Christmas, St Andrews Remembers the Fallen, The 2018 St Andrews Magazine Awards, Sunday Lunch at The Seafood Ristorante, The Beauty of Winter The Vintage Beauty Box, Yoga for a flexible winter Hot House Yoga, A Caddie's Year on the Links Caddie Golf Tours, Brilliant Bjerregaard wins the Alfred Dunhill Championship Dunhill links championship, Interiors for Winter Interiors by Tracy Smith, Golf's Greatest Discovery Inc, Rory McIlroy causes controversy with plan to give up European Tour membership in 2019 and A preview to an exciting year of features in 2019 in St Andrews Magazine including '100 years of Golf at Gleneagles', 'St Andrews and Pinehurst - A home away from HOME', 'A century of memories at Pebble Beach' and major interviews to come.
We are now at the end of October 2018 and the visiting golfers, as well as daylight, are slowly disappearing as we head into the our quieter winter season.
Old Course 16th fairway.
The St Andrews greenkeepers have been tasked with moving the pathway that runs alongside the right side of the Old Course from the 2nd hole, Dyke, through to the 6th hole, Heathery out, at the request of the R&A.
Old Course 5th tee, right side.
The R&A want the pathway moved and widened to accommodate the increasing volume of spectator and vehicle traffic that has now become apart of the modern Open Championship.
Old Course 5th fairway & New Course 3rd tee.
Initially this meant the removal of the golf ball grasping gorse bushes that run down the right side of the Old Course fairway and left side adjacent New Course.
Old Course rain shelter at 6th tee.
The old rain shelter that has sat next to the Old Course 6th tee for my 17 years here at St Andrews, and goodness knows how long before that, has been raised to the ground, fairwell.
Old Course 6th tee and rain shelter.
Rain shelter removed.
With the old rain shelter now removed the routing for the new road can be seen to the right of the hill that is front right of the Old Course 6th tee. As we progress through the Autumn and winter we will continue to monitor and record the new road.