St. Andrews Links Trust freezes green fees for 2009 on its seven golf courses
Green fees in St. Andrews and around Scotland and Ireland have steadily rose for the last decade, some £3-5 a year average, and today clubs that aren’t even famous can get three-figure green fees. A “steal” is a course generally in the $90-100 range.
Due to higher fuel and transportation costs and a weakening economy that’s spreading globally, those days of price rises seem to be on hiatus for now.
In a release, the Links Trust had this to say on the state of golf tourism in Scotland:
While visitor numbers to the Links courses this year have remained at normal levels and The Castle Course is enjoying a busy opening season, the Links Trust has taken the decision to freeze prices at an increasingly uncertain time for the economy and amid suggestions in some quarters that Scottish golf tourism is suffering.
These little annual increases can add up. When I was in St. Andrews in 2006, green fees on the Old Course were £115, roughly $30 cheaper than they stand now.
When you consider the Old Course isn’t even the most expensive golf course in Scotland (in fact, Kingsbarns about seven miles up the road is £160 and Turnberry is £200 on weekends), they could probably get away with a few more fee hikes, so kudos to them for keeping their fees somewhat reasonable compared to its lofty status in the golf world.
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I tell people that the greens fee was five shillings, about 60 cents at the then rate of
exchange of $2.40 per pound. I'm almost certain
of the price, but I don't know any way to check.
I'll never forget the day. There was some weathe moving in off the North Sea,the course was empty, and the starter was closing up. He rustled up two caddies, and we wee on the eight whole when the sky opened up. Why walk in? We finished the round with the valley of sin full to the level of the fairway.
The caddies were well compesated, and we crossed the new Firth of Forth bridge in time for the Tattoo that night.