About us

How it all began

St Andrews Links Trust has always supported junior golf and a major step forward in 2001 was the creation of the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association. After meeting with local golf clubs, the Trust and the Scottish Junior Golf Partnership developed a coaching programme for young golfers in St Andrews. Open to children aged between five and 18 and at school in St Andrews, the new programme built on the success of existing local schemes.

Funds raised for junior golf

An online auction of the Old Course Starter's box took place in August 2001 to raise funds for the junior golf programme. The auction ended at midday on September 10, reaching a price of £59,000. Bidders from the US and Denmark competed against one another until the final second, with the US party putting in the last bid on the stroke of noon.

A flying start

The first year of SALJGA exceeded all expectations - nearly 500 members, lots of coaching sessions and numerous competitions, visits from top professionals like Scotland's Open Champion Paul Lawrie, who is SALJGA's Honorary President, and Adam Scott - all in all, quite a year.

SALJGA today

SALJGA is open to all children who live or attend school in the town of St Andrews. Hundreds of children have now benfitted from tuition and competition. SALJGA members have been national champions and have participated in the Dunhill Links Championship. However, the lasting legacy of the SALJGA programme is a whole generation of children who have been given the opportunity to play the grand old game that was invented in their home town - and have lots of fun doing it.