Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
The relaxed, friendly nature of the event is a combination of the chemistry between the Professionals and their Amateur partners alongside the knowledgeable and welcoming locals as well as the inspirational setting of the Championship.
“We have developed a great working relationship with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship over several years. The organisers have been proactive in helping us deliver informative events for local school, college and university students and other groups featuring some of the celebrity and international business figures who compete in the annual tournament.
We've enjoyed this level of engagement, which has really benefitted a wide cross section of our community, and we look forward to further developing these ties going forward.”
Mandy McKenzie, Enterprise Co-ordination Officer, Dundee City Council
“Fife Chamber has had the pleasure of working with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for many years to help them to reach out to local businesses and community groups across Fife. Our partnership with ADLC is great for our members and it gives the Chamber's profile and reputation a huge boost to be associated with such a well-known, respected and iconic event. We are excited about the opportunities to broaden and deepen our relationship with the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for our mutual benefit and for the wellbeing of Fife.”
Alan Mitchell. Chief Executive, Fife Chamber of Commerce
“We've worked closely with the ADLC team for a number of years now as it is a wonderful event for visitors to enjoy, and the championship is a superb platform to further promote tourism in the area. As well as being able to watch some great golf, visitors can enjoy all the things to do and see in and around St Andrews during their stay and even ‘celebrity spot' in town! The ADLC team actively engages with our local businesses to ensure that visitors experience a memorable stay and enjoy the golf championship and our royal burgh to its fullest.”
Debbie MacCallum. Chair of Tourism St Andrews
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I travel to the Championship and is there parking available?
Where possible, please travel by public transport to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship - Traveline Scotland. However, we do offer free parking at all three courses. Please follow the yellow AA directional signage on the approach roads and the direction of stewards on-site. Please note, vehicles and property are left entirely at the owner's risk.
Is there disabled access and parking?
Absolutely. Disabled spectators will need to display their disabled parking badge and should park at the Red Car Park at each of the courses.
Is there a shuttle bus service?
Thursday 5 October - 9:00 to Carnoustie from St. Andrews with a return at 17:00.
Friday 6 October - 9:00 and 11:00 to Kingsbarns from St. Andrews.
Friday 6 October - 16:30 and 18:00 to St. Andrews from Kingsbarns.
The public buses depart just outside the Jigger Inn Carpark at the Old Course Hotel on Old Station Road.
Over the years, our partners and we have been working hard, and as we progress along this journey, we’d like your help. You can support the Championships’ sustainability work in many ways when you visit.
Use Free Water Refills: Refill stations are available across all three courses, so you fill your reusable bottles. If you decide to buy water on-site, our bottles are 100% recycled, and they’re 100% recyclable again, so do put them in the recycling bins provided. We want to ensure they become new bottles again.
Enjoy Sustainable Catering: We serve local, seasonal and sustainably sourced food and drinks in all outlets. You can also choose one of the lower carbon vegetarian options, enjoy a Fairtrade-certified coffee or tea (and sugar), and sample delicious sustainably sourced Scottish seafood and ethically farmed produce.
Use Sustainable Transport: If you can use public transport to get to the Championship, that’s great. Carnoustie Train station is just a 10-minute walk from the course, and regular buses link the train service in Leuchars with St Andrews and Kingsbarns. A free shuttle bus between the courses is provided on Thursday and Friday.
Protect our Nature: All three courses hold the GEO Certified mark for sustainable golf course management and are excellent stewards of our natural environment. You can find out more about the great initiatives to protect nature, conserve resources and support local communities at www.sustainable.golf/highlights. While at the Championship, please look out for protected roped-off areas, keep to the main paths, and use the recycling bins provided.
Walk the Course: Did you know that during a regular 18-hole round, most golfers will walk 4-5 miles, burning up to 2,000 calories? Not only is playing and watching golf great fun, but it’s great for your health, too, helping to prevent and treat 40 major chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart attacks. Find out more through The R&A’s Golf is Good for You project.
Champion Local Businesses: While you’re with us, do visit one of the many wonderful local businesses nearby. You’re sure to receive the world-famous warm Scottish welcome whether you’re looking for a special souvenir or enjoying a hearty local meal. And, if you’re in St Andrews, look out for the Alfred Dunhill Links Window competition!
What is the policy for mobile phones and cameras?
Spectators are allowed to bring both mobile phones and cameras provided any photography is for personal use. A strict policy will be in place to ensure play is not disrupted in any way and users should follow the guidelines below:
- All devices must be in SILENT mode at all times
- No audio or video recording of 'live play' is permitted on the golf course at any time during the Championship due to rights-restrictions. However, cameras and filming are allowed in the spectator village and surrounding areas.
- No still photography on the golf course is permitted on Championship Days.
- Data use (e.g. texting, e-mail, website access, etc.) is permitted throughout the golf course, but volume must be muted at all times.
- Making or distributing broadcasts, commentary, news reports, data, results or statistics by any means in any format or media including any such by mobile phone or other wireless device is not permitted.
Spectators who breach any provision of this policy will be subject to the terms and conditions of entry and maybe asked to leave.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Yes, but alcohol is not permitted. Locally sourced food and drink is also available to purchase on site. If you can, please bring a reusable water bottle, and please help us respect the beauty of the courses and towns and take your litter home with you, or use the recycling bins provided.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes, dogs are welcome, and should be kept on a lead and controlled at all times. Owners are responsible for their own animal.
Can I bring a bag / rucksack?
Bags and rucksacks are permitted on each of the courses during the Championship but may be subject to a search on entry.
Can I bring a child's pushchair?
Yes you can. However please be aware of uneven terrain.
Can I buy a programme?
The Links Times, which includes the draw, Championship news and the order of play, is available from Thursday through to Sunday at all three courses.
Is there a draw for practice days?
No, we do not have a draw available for the practice days. Practice is entirely at the Players' discretion.
Can I volunteer at the Championship?
If you’d like to register your interest in volunteering at the Championship, please contact the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are prohibited items?
Prohibited Items are items which, in the opinion of the organisers (or any authorised person), could be used as a weapon, cause a nuisance, be anti-social or disrupt play.
- The definition includes obvious examples such as firearms, knives and extends equally to items such as corkscrews and personal protection sprays as well as:
- Pyrotechnic devices including fireworks, explosives, smoke canisters, flares, laser pointers or similar items;
- Noise producing devices including air horns, portable speakers, PA systems, megaphones or similar items used for amplification or broadcast;
- Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), including drones, model aircraft, kites or similar airborne crafts/items;
- Professional cameras and video cameras or any photographic equipment which could be used for commercial purposes;
- Unauthorised banners, signage or branding.
- Alcoholic beverages
This is not an exhaustive list. Please use your common-sense.