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Bumper year for Old Course bookings

8.25am 2nd September 2010 - Travel

St Andrews Links received a record-breaking number of tee-time applications for the Old Course yesterday (1 September) following the staging of the 2010 Open Championship at the venue earlier this year.

The Advance Reservations process for play on the Old Course and The Castle Course opened at 10am BST and within 20 minutes more than 1,500 email applications had been received by St Andrews Links Trust.

The Links Trust, which manages and maintains the seven public golf courses at the Home of Golf, invite applications for tee times a year ahead due to the continued level of demand to play on the famous Links.

‘The Old Course attracts a huge amount of interest, largely due to the history and tradition associated with the Home of Golf’, said Alan McGregor, Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust. ‘However this attention intensifies during the staging of the Open Championship, resulting in a bumper amount of applications for tee-times the following year. This is great news for tourism in St Andrews and Scotland.’

For more information about booking any of the seven St Andrews Links courses please contact the Reservations Department at reservations@standrews.org.uk or on 0044 1334 466718.

St Andrews Links Trust is a charitable organisation responsible for the management and maintenance of the Links courses at St Andrews. The Trust was established in 1974. It employs more than 300 permanent staff and seasonal workers during the high season. It manages a number of additional facilities including three clubhouses, a golf practice centre and four shops.

Around 200,000 rounds are played over six public courses, which feature two additional championship courses (the New and the Jubilee), two 18-hole courses (the Eden and the Strathtyrum) and a nine-hole course (the Balgove).

A seventh course, The Castle Course, opened for play in 2008 on a site to the south-east of St Andrews and has already won several international awards including being named by Travel & Leisure Golf magazine in America as the New Course of the Year and International Development of the Year by Golf Inc magazine in America. The course was also included in the prestigious Golf Digest Top 100 Courses in its first year.

St Andrews Links Trust www.standrews.org.uk

       

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