St Andrews Old Course Changes for the Open & Trump Course to Get Visit from Clinton

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St Andrews Old Course are to make subtle changes to the Links for the 2015 Open Championship. Bill Clinton is to visit the Trump International Course in Aberdeen next year to play a few holes on the magnificent new Links.

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Euan Loudon, Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “The Old Course is renowned as one of the great Open venues and its continued prominence on the Open roster is crucially important.

Works announced on St. Andrews Old Course ahead of 2015 Open

Golf Vacations UK has learned that a number of improvements are being planned to St Andrews Old Course to help maintain its challenge for the world’s top golfers when the Open Championship returns to St Andrews in 2015.

The improvements have been commissioned by St Andrews Links Trust, which manages the Old Course and the other six courses at the Home of Golf, and The R&A Championship Committee, which organises golf’s oldest major championship. Potential changes would enhance the challenge for elite players without unduly affecting club and visiting golfers while remaining true to the special character of the Old Course.

Golf Course architect, Martin Hawtree’s recommendations have now been agreed and the work is planned to take place over this winter and next. The changes involve work on 9 of the Old Course holes including the famous 17th Road Hole, where the Road Bunker on the 17th hole will be widened by half a metre and a small portion of the front of the green will be recontoured.

Euan Loudon, Chief Executive of St Andrews Links Trust, said, “The Old Course is renowned as one of the great Open venues and its continued prominence on the Open roster is crucially important to the economy and reputation of St Andrews. The Old Course has evolved over time and the Links Trust is delighted to be working with the Championship Committee in order to maintain the challenge of the course for elite tournament players and the thousands of golfers who play here each year.”

Former President to visit Trumps Scottish Golf Course

Bill Clinton is planning to pull on his golf clothing for a trip around Donald Trump's Scottish course. Former US president Bill Clinton has said he will be pulling on his golf clothing for a walk around one of Donald Trump's golf courses.

The billionaire businessman’s course is in Aberdeenshire and Clinton is planning to fly over to the UK for a few holes next year. Clinton will be the latest in a number of VIPs to have enjoyed a day out at Trump's course, which has attracted bookings from across the globe since it opened in July.
So far more than 8,000 bookings have been taken. The course was opened by Trump himself, who teed off with former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and Paul Lawrie.

Representatives from SIGTOA – the Scottish Incoming Golf Tour Operators Association, were given a show-round at the course and its facilities on the 15th November. Eddie Gilbertson, Director of SIGTOA member, Golf Vacations UK said “The course is spectacular and I am sure it will enhance golf tourism in the Aberdeenshire area as an addition to the already established and top class championship Links at Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and Murcar”

Royal Aberdeen is one of the best Links Courses in the world and has, arguablyt, the best opening 9 holes of links golf in Scotland. The course will host the Scottish Open Championship in 2014.

Golf Vacations UK are Golf Tour Operators based in the Scottish / English borders, and have been arranging golfing packages for clients in Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales for around 13 years. The company provides full land packages for International golfers to include prime guaranteed tee times at all major championship venues including the Old Course St Andrews. The company is run by father and son team, Eddie and Graeme Gilbertson, who pride themselves in offering a bespoke and personal service to their clients.

The company also has preferred tour operator status at some of the most exclusive hotels within the UK and Ireland. Anyone wishing to enquire further regarding their golf packages or any of the articles mentioned in this release, should contact Eddie or Graeme on 1 888 209 4094 or +44 1228 598089 or visit the web site at Golf Vacations UK

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