094I am playing golf to a very high standard – will this influence my application to the University?

No, applications to St Andrews are considered purely on academic merit. Players must gain the required grades with no exceptions being made on sporting ability

I have been offered a place to study at St Andrews, how do I enquire about joining Saints Golf?

All communication should be directed through our Director of Golf, he will be able to advise on the possibilities and advise on the next steps.

What is the required standard for entry into the golf programme?

We look into many different aspects when considering players for entry to the squad, these include not just current playing standard but also personality, work ethic and perceived potential. To give a general idea of handicap standard they typically range from +3 to 4 maximum.

If I am not good enough when I enter University do I have any more chances to join?

Absolutely, we would be delighted should someone work hard on their game and push their way on to the programme in subsequent years.

How do I qualify to play in the competitive teams?

We run regular qualifying rounds to determine the teams for our match play games. These are open to all players at the University regardless of whether they are in the Saints Golf squad, however some restrictions do apply.

I saw there were both Men’s and Ladies Golf Clubs at the University, how do these differ from Saints Golf?

Both these clubs are student run and focus more on the social side of golf at the University of St Andrews although both do play some competitive matches. Some members of the Saints Golf squad are also members of these clubs and although we encourage it there is no requirement to do so. Saints Golf caters for the performance golfers at the University of St Andrews.

If I gain a place on the programme and am placed in a squad will I remain there?

The places in our squad are transient and played can be moved either up or down during the year based on factors such as performance and attitude.

  • “As a parent of a student presently attending St Andrews and playing for Saints Golf, I cannot imagine another University anywhere being able to offer a better golfing and educational experience than the one my son is receiving.”
    David McCarthy – Parent & 600 Club Member
  • “To play for the University of St Andrews Golf Team made that experience even more important to me – the combination of the traditions, the people I’ve met through the matches and the wider network, the extraordinary places we played, and the consistently brilliant competition, are highlights of my life.”
    Storm Boswick – MA Honours, 1991
  • “I am proud to support the golf program at the University of St Andrews. The Home of Golf is an iconic place where the history, values and the tradition of the game are intertwined with the culture of the town and the people who reside there.”
    Tom Ross – Managing Director of Raymond James & Associates, 600 Club Member
  • “The golf programme they have at St Andrews is a great option for players who want top level academics but do not want to compromise on the quality of the golf programme - it's a special opportunity to be a student athlete in the Home of Golf.”
    Claude Harmon III