St Andrews Links Trust has announced that the green fees for its courses will be held at the same level for the 2010 season.
The high season green fee for the Old Course will remain at £130 and the New and Jubilee courses at £65. The Eden will be £40, the Strathtyrum £25 and the Balgove £12. The Castle Course will be £120, the same level as it was before the Government changed the VAT rate last year.
Trustees carefully considered the difficult economic decision before deciding to maintain green fees at their current levels. The Links courses are enjoying busy seasons with only a slight drop overall in the number of rounds being played compared to this point last year. In its first full season, The Castle Course has again exceeded expectations with more than 3000 rounds being played in June alone.
Alan McGregor, chief executive of the Links Trust, said, “Last year Trustees acted proactively to freeze green fees with the aim of sending out a message that we recognise times are difficult and we want to encourage visiting golfers to come here. Having carefully considered the current situation, the Trustees saw no reason to change this decision and so green fees will be kept at the same level for 2010.
“We are already seeing signs of a high level of interest in advance bookings for our courses for next year and, given that the spotlight of world golf will once again be on the Links with the return of The Open, we hope that many golfers will make the trip to the Home of Golf in 2010.”
More than 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 June 2008 on a site to the south-east of St Andrews.
Advanced Reservations for play on the Old Course and The Castle Course in 2010 can be made from 10am on 2 September 2009. More information can be found at www.standrews.org.uk.