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Let’s face it, it hasn’t been the kind of year anyone was expecting. You certainly couldn’t fault anyone for already looking forward to next year. One example is already indicating that next year appears brighter already.
A rapid influx of tee time applications On September 2 for play at St Andrews Links in 2010 suggests the outlook for Scottish golf tourism next year might be brightening. The Advanced Reservations process for play on the Old Course and The Castle Course opened at 10am BST on September 2, the first day to begin accepting reservations for 2010 and within 15 minutes more than 800 email applications had been received by St Andrews Links Trust.
Due to the continued level of demand, the Links Trust, which manages and maintains the seven public golf courses at the Home of Golf, invite applications for tee times a year ahead and at a specific time to try to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to secure a much sought after tee time on the hallowed Links.
Despite the difficult economic situation, demand for a tee time came in from around the world to the Trust’s Reservations Department. It will spend the next few weeks processing the forms which golfers downloaded from the website.
Alan McGregor, chief executive of the Links Trust, said, “It has been a challenging year for the Scottish golf tourism market so it is particularly pleasing to see that the level of interest in playing at St Andrews Links remains very high. We are fortunate that so many golfers aspire to play our courses and experience all of the history and tradition at first hand. Next year will see the Open Championship return to the Old Course for the 28th time and the spotlight of world golf will once again fall on the Links. We hope this will encourage even more golfers to come to St Andrews to play golf.”
Tee times can also be booked for The Castle Course from April to November 2010. The Castle Course will remain open for play during the week of the Open Championship from July 12-18, the first time the Links Trust has been able to offer golf to the public throughout the championship period.