Following its annual review of green fees, the Links Management Committee at St Andrews Links has set the visitor green fees for the 2003/2004 season. The new fees come into effect on 1 April 2003.
The visitor green fee for the Old Course will be £105 in 2003. The New Course will be £50 and the Jubilee will be £45. Prices are being frozen on the three remaining courses, with the Eden staying at £30, the Strathtyrum, £20, and Balgove, £10.
“The new green fee on the Old Course more accurately reflects its international stature and consistently excellent condition. It remains good value when compared to courses in a similar league, both locally and nationally, and in relation to top courses around the world,” said Alan McGregor, general manager of the Links Trust.
The New Course was ranked in the top 50 courses in the UK by Golf World; the Jubilee Course is hosting the British Mid Amateur in 2003 and is a qualifier for the Amateur Championship in 2004.
Mr McGregor added: “The other two championship courses, the New and the Jubilee, remain exceptionally good value, given their growing reputations and quality. Keeping the fees for the remaining courses unchanged maintains the broad price range on the Links and encourages golfers to choose the course most suited to their ability.”
High season period tickets giving access to all courses except the Old will be £105 (from £100) for three days and £215 (from £205) for seven days. A new 14 day ticket for all courses except the Old is also being introduced. The adult price will be £395 (£235 low season) and for under 16s will be £195 (£115 low season).
The additional revenue generated by the new green fees will help finance the development of the 7th golf course, which is needed to meet the rapidly increasing demand to play the Links.
An online booking service is now available for three of the six courses at
St Andrews Links, the Home of Golf. Golfers from anywhere in the world can reserve and guarantee tee-times on the Jubilee, the Eden and the Strathtyrum courses through the official website, www.standrews.org.uk
“This is an easy-to-use service which gives golfers the opportunity to see the available tee-times and book them instantly,” said Peter Mason, external relations manager with St Andrews Links Trust. “The three courses available online provide a mix of golf to meet the needs of low and high handicap players. For anyone planning a golfing trip to St Andrews, it really is an invaluable tool.”
Opened to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897, the Jubilee Course holds the reputation for being the most challenging and most scenic course in St Andrews. Running parallel to the world famous Old Course, the Jubilee hosts the prestigious St Andrews Links Trophy annually and in 2003 is hosting the British Mid-Amateur Championship.
Designed by Harry S Colt, renowned for his golf course design skills, the Eden Course opened for play in 1914 as the fourth 18 hole course on the Links. Slightly less testing and more forgiving than the championship courses on the seaward side of the Links, the Eden is a course of interest and character that attracts golfers back time and again. The Strathtyrum is the newest and shortest 18 hole course on the Links. Designed by Donald Steel, it complements the tougher, championship layouts and is suited to golfers with a higher handicap.
St Andrews Links Trust www.standrews.org.uk