If you’ve ever admired the lush, manicured greens of The Open, and longed to follow in the footsteps of some of the golfing greats such as Tiger Woods, Seve Ballesteros and Sir Nick Faldo, St Andrews Golf Week is the perfect opportunity.
A twice yearly event, the golf week allows a handful of amateurs from all over the world to take part in a competitive event on the very same fairways that all the greats have played.
If the idea has made you prick up your ears, read on to discover how you could combine a stay at St Andrews Coach Houses with one of the most prestigious amateur golfing events.
Who can enter?
St Andrews Golf Week is open to amateurs from all over the world, the inaugural event being held in 1974.
In 2014, more than 20 different countries were represented in the competition, including the US, Japan, South Africa, Norway, the Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, Canada, Brazil, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland and England.
Any amateur golfer may enter the event providing they have a handicap of either 36, ladies, or 24 for the men.
Only a limited number of golfers can play during the golf week so early reservation is vital if you want to secure your place.
What kinds of competitions are there?
There’s a range of competitions over the golfing week, with different events being held at different courses.
Daily competitions include both individual and team events, with a full handicap allowance included.
Some of the events include the Individual Medal Play, individual Stableford, Team Best Ball and Team Scramble. Prizes will be awarded for the top three positions for men and women, as well as an overall winner too.
Men and women are both able to compete for extra prizes too, such as closest to the pin and the longest drive.
What else is on other than the competitions?
Golfers will enjoy the chance to play at five different courses during St Andrews Golf Week including the famous Old Course, The New Course, The Jubilee, and the Castle. The nearby Kingsbarns Golf Links is also included in the Golf Week package.
In addition to the ongoing competitions, golfers will be able to take advantage from expert tuition available in the mornings and afternoons spread over four days.
At the end of the week there’s a glamorous gala dinner and champagne reception, one of the highlights of the week for everyone where the prizes will also be presented.
Fun for non-golfers too
If your party is split and not everyone is a big fan of golf, the event still has much to offer. As well as the thrill of watching such a big competition set in such magnificent scenery, there’s lots of excursions arranged for the daytimes as well.
Leaving the golfing fanatics to play or watch the game, the excursions are entirely optional but can be a great way to see some of the surroundings and historical sites.
A walking tour around St Andrews, one of the most fascinating towns in Scotland, boasting a rich history of culture is a must-do for everyone while for those wanting to venture further afield there’s also a sight-seeing trip to Edinburgh.
Glamis Castle is the third planned excursion and if you’re not glued to the golf, it’s a fascinating place to visit. Often described as the most beautiful castle in Scotland, it was the childhood home of the Queen Mum and a residence which she occupied during her reign as Queen Consort. It was also the place where she gave birth to Princess Margaret, the first royal to be born on Scottish soil since 1600.
Staying in St Andrews Coach Houses means that you’ll never be far from the action, with all of the main golf courses featured less than a five minute drive away. Making the most of the spectacular scenery around the coastal region of St Andrews, the Coach Houses provides top class accommodation and exquisite dining just a stone’s throw from some of the most iconic golf courses in the country.
If you are interested in holidaying in St Andrews in 2015, please get in touch about booking our luxury self catered accommodation. Contact us at St Andrews Coachhouses 01334 477593 www.standrewscoachhouses.co.uk
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