Newly updated webcams mean you can look over the Home of Golf any time of day or night.
THE Old Course in St Andrews is a magnet for golfers around the world, and now every golfer can relive their favourite memories of the links, or, indeed, make new ones, through the new webcam installed at one of Scotland’s most iconic venues.
In fact, one son living in the USA was able to watch his dad fulfil his dream of playing on the Old Course through the webcam feed.
“It’s a great story,” said Laurie Watson, St Andrews Links’ media manager. “Stuff like that is just fantastic and we’re delighted to get feedback like that.”
Since the webcam was updated in April this year, almost 500 people a day are logging on to the St Andrews Links Trust website and taking in the world famous parts of the Old Course.
In total, nine views are offered across the famous links including the Swilcan Bridge, West Sands Beach, the 17th green, as well as over the first tee and eighteenth green.
“A lot of it was finding the right location,” continued Watson. “We know that people want to see what’s happening on the Swilcan Bridge and we know people want to see what’s happening around the ‘Home’ end as we call it – the first tee and the 18th green – so it sits on top of the Links clubhouse roof and I think we’ve managed to give a good flavour of what’s going on in St Andrews.”
With people around the world now able to see live images the Home of Golf on a day-to-day basis, Watson revealed it’s aim is not only to bring new people to play golf at the venue, but it’s also about helping those who have already been relive their time in the town.
He added: “From our point of view, it’s not only enticing new people to come, but also people who have already been here. Once they’ve been, a lot of people develop a real affinity with the place. If they came on a once in a lifetime trip, the webcam allows them to feel as though they can come back whenever they like, so to speak. You can look at the various points and relive those memories that you made in your time here.”
With the Old Course playing host to the next Open Championship in the summer of 2015, there’s no guarantee you’ll be able to see any of the action through the webcam, but there’s definitely a chance to see the work that goes into putting on an Open in the lead up to the tournament.
“In the lead up to the Open you’ll get to see the infrastructure of an Open being built around the course and that can only work to build up the anticipation for what is set to be another great Open in the Home of Golf,” concluded Watson.
The webcam can be found at http://www.standrews.com/links-webcam