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What an anniversary. Married 25 years and on our wedding day we were lucky to get through the ballot and played the Old Course. Best day of our golf-life. Hope to be back another time. Johnny and Solveig Denmark

August 2019 was the Centenary of the Eden Tournament. This was to be my last tournament and having played since 1993, it was with some sadness I arrived at St Andrews the Saturday before. The Links Trust organised a very enjoyable celebratory dinner for competitors in the Old Course Hotel, a chance to meet old friends and make new ones. The Trust presented all competitors with gifts of glasses and various memorabilia, which now sit proudly in my cabinet. At 6.00 pm Monday evening, following the first round, 240 competitors gathered on the Old Course steps for a group photograph, with Janet Finlay vainly trying to keep order, especially as golfers were still playing the 18th. I will never forget the roar more suited to an Open Championship when a lady holed a 6 foot putt on the 18th. I think it made her round at St Andrews. For a change, my golf was good this year. After a reasonable opening 75 on the Eden, my chances of making the cut were dashed with a triple bogey on the 5th hole of the New. A finishing 78 resulted in a missed cut but entry into the Eden Tankard. With my wife as caddie, the 1st round ended in near darkness on the 19th with a winning putt. Round 2 again finished on the 19th, with Round 3 a more comfortable win. So there I was, in the semi-final, in the wind and rain. This time, I lost on the 20th hole. Not bad for a pensioner! The Eden has always been close to my heart. Missing only a small handful due to other commitments, I played 23 times. Getting in is much harder now. At one time, a handicap of 3 would mean automatic entry through the ballot. For 2019, the original ballot was 2.4! Such is the popularity of the event. So, my time to call it a day has come. I will miss the Eden Tournament but will still be returning to St Andrews when I can. No more Eden Trophy..... or is it? Stephen Foster

When my dad and I first drove up to the St Andrews Links Clubhouse, I was shocked to see a mini-putt sandwiched between the Old Course and the North Sea. There was the beach from Chariots of Fire on one side and the famous Swilcan Bridge on the other, with a mini-putt between them. I guess I had never noticed it on TV because it's closed during tournaments. Anyway that trip we played seven fantastic games of golf, visited lots of pubs, made a close friend, passed four rolls of film and had fantastic weather for the entire voyage. A few years later I bought a new house. It had a big side yard, a bit bigger than a tennis court and I thought about that mini-putt I had seen in St Andrews so the idea of the Bear Foot Golf Course was born. It's an 18 hole chipping course, my greens are about five feet in diameter, the holes are the size of coffee cans (temporary green holes) and I use Cayman Island golf balls which have a pretty good feel, (I can't use real golf balls, cars drive by frequently and I don't want to break any windows). We walk the course with only a wedge and putters are hidden close to the greens if we need them. It's target golf and it's my little piece of Scotland in the yard. In 2015 I took the wife to Scotland. She's not a golfer but we played the mini-putt or it's real name The Himalayas. I strongly recommend anyone passing through St Andrews, if you're short of time or with the family, play the Ladies Putting Course, it's adorable.

My son and I played St Andrews in June 2019. We queued up at the starters box at 1:30 AM and were 10th and 11th in line. It was 35 degrees and raining throughout the night. The shop opened promptly at at 6 am and we each received our tee times. My son played with a group at 7:30 am and I was booked for 12:30 am. He finished his round in time to walk with me as I played my round. We have a Facebook page that documents our one week, Scotland vacation were we played the Old Course, the New Course, Carnoustie, Ellie, and Crail. Each are Scottish gems but there is no question, the Old Course was the best venue we ever played. Hoping to return with my son (and grandson) in a few years.