Pic: Tyrell Hatton, winner of the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Getty Images
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the world’s leading golf events. A truly international championship, it is a magnet for golfers from every corner of the world and is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the European Tour.
A celebration of links golf, which many believe is the purest form of the game, the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over three magnificent links courses - the Old Course (St Andrews), the Championship Course, Carnoustie (near Dundee) and Kingsbarns (10km south of St Andrews).
The Old Course at St Andrews is the most famous and most historic golf course in the world. For golfers everywhere the Old Course is a unique and special place. Here history and sport come together in a magical way. Golf has been played over these links for hundreds of years. It is universally acknowledged as the ‘Home of Golf’. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the only major professional tournament played every year at St Andrews.
The championship has a unique format. It incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers with a US$5 million prize fund, and a team competition which features some of the most celebrated amateur golfers playing alongside the professionals.
One of the major reasons for the success of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is the involvement of amateur golfers, which gives it a much wider interest and appeal. Each year the playing roster includes some of the biggest names from the world of entertainment, sport and business.
Many of the greatest players such as Fred Couples, Ernie Els, Sir Nick Faldo, Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Colin Montgomerie, Louis Oosthuizen and Vijay Singh have played in the Championship, Amateurs have included entertainment stars such as Michael Douglas, Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Hugh Grant and Jamie Dornan. They have shared the fairways with sporting greats like Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Ian Botham, Boris Becker, Ruud Gullit and Michael Phelps.
Admission is FREE for all spectators from Thursday to Saturday with final day tickets on Sunday, October 7 available to purchase at the entrance gates for £20 (Concessions £15) or online.