The University of St Andrews Men’s Golf Club is one of the oldest sports clubs in St Andrews. Thought to have been founded back in 1854 the club is steeped in tradition and caters to all standards of golfer, from the complete beginner all the way through to those members playing on the elite Saints Golf Performance Programme. The programme is run by Director of Golf David Watt and made up of the top golfers at the University who compete in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) championships. The squad is supported by a dedicated team of technical Links Academy Instructors and dedicated Strength & Conditioning and fitness coaches. For more information please visit the Saints Golf Performance Programme pages.
In addition to the performance programme the Club also runs a 4th Team, which provides an opportunity for students to play competitive University Golf, but without the commitments of the programme. The Golf Club also has a strong focus on social golf, arranging weekly bounce games as well as weekly competitions that contribute to the semester long Order of Merit.
The Club is able to provide members with handicaps, which is crucial if you want buy a full links ticket and play the Old Course.
The Club offers beginner lessons in association with the Dukes Golf Course in St Andrews. These lessons focus on teaching you not only the technique but also getting you out on the golf course as soon as possible and learning the game.
Teams and Competitions
The top golfers in the club compete in the three University BUCS teams, which are run through the Performance Programme. The Club currently runs a competitive 4th Team and the Club Team, which boasts a highly competitive and varied fixture list that sees the Club travel several weekends each semester, all over Scotland playing against many of the countries great clubs.
The University of St Andrews Ladies’ Golf Club is a club which caters for all levels from complete beginner up to international golfer. The top players are involved in the Saints Golf Performance Programme where they compete in BUCS matches and follow a personalised training and fitness programme, whilst the Ladies’ Second Team benefits from many friendly matches against local clubs and coaching from the St Andrews PGA Professionals. The Club also runs lessons for beginners and players who are improving their game whilst working towards a handicap and provide many social opportunities for those players who don’t have so much time.
Lessons take place everyday of the week during term time.
Teams and Competitions
The top golfers in the club compete in the three University BUCS teams which are run through the Performance Programme and also in Order of Merit Competitions across the year. The Ladies’ Second Team receives coaching from Scott Herald, a St Andrews PGA Professional, and also trains together outside of coaching time. At the moment this team is working on building a strong field of players so that it can be entered into BUCS in the coming years. The Second Team, Ladies who want to play social golf and players working on getting their handicap, form the club’s Social Club, which is aimed at helping promote the enjoyment and friendly team aspect of the game. The social club plays in medals together, sign cards for players getting their handicap and practice together, often followed by a coffee or a few drinks in town.
The Club runs lessons for people who are just starting golf all the way through to players working on getting their handicap. Some of these lessons take place on the range, whilst others take Ladies out onto the course to help them with all aspects of the game.
Outreach and Charity
The Ladies’ Golf Club runs the University of St Andrews School Girls Championship every September which attracts payers from all over the world to compete over two days in the Home of Golf. It is open to School and University Students. The club also runs an annual charity tournament with the proceeds going to local charities.