REGARDED worldwide as the true Home of Golf, the Old Course at St Andrews has been officially named as the world’s number one course in a poll of professional golf architects from around the world.
The Architects’ Choice Top 100 Golf Courses ranking ballot, carried out by the Golf Course Architect journal, garnered votes from almost 250 architects with the Old Course beating off competition from Cypress Point Club in California and Pine Valley Golf Club in New Jersey.
The Old Course at St Andrews is the home of the R&A, the game’s governing body, and is a regular host of the Open Championship with it set to return to the Fife coast in July 2015.
Euan Loudon, chief executive of St Andrews Links, said of the result: “It’s a wonderful achievement to be recognised in such a definitive and informed ranking. We do not rest on our laurels and are committed to improving and enhancing the golfer’s experience at the Links.
“Achieving the top spot in this poll is fitting testimony to the work of
the greenkeeping team at the Links. When you see the calibre of courses from around the world included in
the Architects’ Choice Top 100 you can appreciate that a great deal of hard work goes into delivering the Old Course in top condition for the thousands of people who wish to play it every year. Recognition such as
this is something of which St Andrews and everyone associated with the Links can be proud.”