Visit St Andrews during Euro Tour Dunhill Links


Whenever the Open Championship is held in St. Andrews, it's extra special not only for competitors but for spectators and media - even if the Sunday finish is a runaway snooze fest like Louis Oosthuizen's Old Course domination this summer.

If you don't want to wait until 2015, the next time the Open will likely come to the Old Course and the world’s greatest golf town, consider building a golf trip around the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. It's a yearly Pro-Am on the European Tour that features the Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns rotated the first three rounds. Then the final round is held Sunday on the Old Course.

The crowds will be down compared to the Open, and admission for the first three rounds is free, while tickets to Sunday’s final round on the Old Course are just 15 pounds. If you're not up for the madness of the Open Championship and just want to watch some top professional golf on some of the game's grandest links, the Dunhill Links is a good stop. The event may not have the major field of the Open Championship but usually a selection of top golfers – and celebrities – participate. This year, three major winners, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Oosthuizen, all will be competing.

Following the event, St. Andrews is back to normal and you can play all three courses, as well as dozens of other worthy golf courses in Fife or nearby East Lothian.
October, considered Scotland's 'shoulder season' is a favorite month for me to play links golf over in the British Isles and Ireland. I golfed in Ireland last October for a week, and also visited Scotland for a two-week tour in the second half of October a few years back. Temperature-wise, it wasn’t a whole lot different than any other time I've been to the U.K. The only problem is that it gets dark much earlier compared to April, so 36-hole days are pretty tough.
Links golf is simply never used enough for the pro tours or the Ryder Cup, so it makes the Dunhill Links that much more alluring to watch either on TV or live, centered around your own links golf trip.

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