St Andrews Golf Tournaments
St Andrews Gold Tournaments
It will come as no surprise that The Home of Golf is host to many highly anticipated golf tournaments throughout the calendar year.
If you’re a keen golf fan, here are a few that you might not want to miss.
St Andrews Boys Open
Established in 1948, the St Andrews Boys Open allows young male players a chance to experience high level golf competition.
The tournament is held in August and played over the Old and Eden Courses.
St Andrews Junior Ladies Open
Running alongside the Boys Open, the Junior Ladies Open was established in 1989 in recognition of the increasing number of female competitors. Played in August over the Strathtyrum, Eden and Old Course, this tournament is open to young ladies under the age of 23.
St Rule Trophy
Globally recognised as one of the leading competitions for amateur females. The St Rule Trophy helps female golfers to attain points for the World Amateur Golf Rankins. Help over May / June, the tournament is comprised of 36 holes on The New Course and 18 holes on The Old Course.
Following the success of the Eden Tournament, the Strathtyrum Tournament was established in 1989 to allow female golfers the chance to play under the same competition format as their male counterparts. Played over 36 holes in mid-August, the female competitors must not have a handicap above 28.
One of the oldest amateur tournaments in Scotland with its first competition in 1919. The tournament quickly became one of the most anticipated golfing tournaments in Scotland for budding male amateurs.
Played mid-August, this 36 hole, scratch and handicap tournament is certainly hard with qualifying rounds being played on The New and Eden Courses. The players must have a handicap not exceeding 15. Awaiting the winners at the end is a table of impressive trophies including the Eden Trophy, Duke of York Cup and the Victory Cup.
St Andrews Links Tournament
Since its inception in 1989, this tournament has quickly become one of the largest and highly anticipated amateur golf tournaments in St Andrews. Played over 3 days at the beginning of June, the 72 hole stoke tournament sees international amateur players meet up and compete over 2 of the 5 Championship Courses in St Andrews. The Old Course typically hosts at least 3 rounds.
The high calibre competition has been the stepping stone for many amateurs into the realms of pro-golf including Justin Rose who played the St Andrews Links Tournament when he was just 16. The fact that only 2 players have ever won the tournament twice is also testament to the demanding nature of this tournament.
The Alfred Dunhill Championship
Every autumn St Andrews Old Course and Kingsbarns Golf Course are one of the 3 host courses, including Carnoustie, of the Already Dunhill Championship which sees amateurs paired with professional golfers to see who will rein victorious. Many of the amateurs are famous faces from the words of entertainment and sport – making it a highly anticipated annual event.
And not to forget the biggest of them all, every 5 years The Open is hosted at The Old Course. Drawing a huge global audience and a huge crowd in the town of St Andrews. A real bucket list event.