St Andrews Links Trust has renewed its contract with Compass Group (UK & Ireland) Ltd to deliver premium tee time packages on the Old Course.
The contract has been renewed with effect from 2010 and will continue on a rolling basis.
Compass Group, trading as the Old Course Experience, currently delivers guaranteed tee times on the Old Course through premium golf tour programmes packages and handles travel trade tee times.
The arrangement has been of great benefit to the Links in recent years enabling the Links Trust to make substantial investment in the courses and facilities. It has also been instrumental in helping the Links Trust to keep other prices at a lower level than would otherwise be possible.
The announcement follows a review of the commercial operations of the Links Trust carried out by consultants. The review was carefully considered by St Andrews Links Trustees before they decided to continue with the Compass Group arrangement.
Alan McGregor, general manager of the Links Trust, said, “The Trustees took time to consider the options available to them and decided that it was clearly in the best interests of the Trust to continue to work with the Compass Group. The arrangement has made it possible for the Trust to invest in the courses and facilities over the years which has resulted in a far better experience for golfers. In a difficult economic climate it is prudent for the Trust to renew the contract going forward.”
Notes to editors
St Andrews Links Trust is a charitable organisation responsible for the management and maintenance of the Links courses at St Andrews, including the famous Old Course, host of the 2010 Open Championship. The Trust was established in 1974. It employs more than 250 permanent staff and seasonal workers during the high season. It manages a number of additional facilities including three clubhouses, a golf practice centre and three shops.
More than 200,000 rounds are played over six public courses, which feature two additional championship courses (the New and the Jubilee), two 18-hole courses (the Eden and the Strathtyrum) and a nine-hole course (the Balgove). A seventh course, The Castle Course, opened for play on June 28, 2008 on a site to the south-east of St Andrews.
For more information visit www.standrews.org.uk.