St Andrews Golf Camp - Parent/Child Camps
The Junior Golf Experience at The Home of Golf - Independently Owned and Operated by St Andrews Golf Travel
You and your child will improve your game and create memories that last a lifetime on this amazing golf getaway at St Andrews, The Home of Golf!
Open to players of all ability levels, each participant receives 8 total hours of instruction from certified PGA professionals at the 5* St Andrews Links Academy as well as the opportunity to play 4 rounds of golf at St Andrews Golf Links courses and other iconic tracks. During one round of golf, Parent/Child groups play in a fun, camp tournament with an overall prize for the winners.
The camp also offers a leisure day in the middle of camp to give parents and juniors a day of rest. This day includes a historical walking tour of the town of St Andrews.
This 6-night camp tuition covers both the parent AND junior. Tuition includes accommodations at the 5* Fairmont St Andrews, luxury rides to and from the airport, all golf fees, transportation to all pre-booked golf courses, a full Scottish breakfast each morning, lunch at Fairmont for one day, and dinner for one evening at the Niblick Restaurant - portion of the golf museum where The Claret Jug will be present. St Andrews Golf Travel's Marc, Jamie or Graeme will serve as your personal guide throughout the trip. *Please note lunch and dinner will only be provided for one day/evening.
Parent and junior will be grouped together for the duration of camp and each pair will be grouped by handicap. Please note the golf courses may differ between groups 1 and 2.
Group 1: 32 handicap and less
Group 2: 32 handicap and above
*If you would like to book separate accommodations, add more guests/family members than 2, or book an extended stay in St Andrews, please call us at 1-800-645-3226.
Director of Instruction Steve North
Steve North is responsible for the delivery of the world class Instruction & Customisation at St Andrews Links Golf Academy. He is one of Golf Monthly’s Top 25 Coaches and was also awarded a Top 25 Most Admired Operator in Golf Award, by Golf Inc. magazine (US) in 2008, which has ultimately helped establish the Golf Academy as a respected innovative leader in the industry.View Steve's Bio ⟩
Steve moved to the Home of Golf to build and develop the Golf Academy after many successful years as David Leadbetter’s Director of Instruction in the Far East.
Specialising in the use of analysis software and technology, Steve continues to keep the Golf Academy at the very forefront of instruction and has gone on to play pivotal roles for the Scottish Golf Union (SGU), University of St Andrews and the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA) coaching programmes. During this time he has also coached numerous players to national titles throughout the globe.
Over the years Steve has conducted golf clinics for some of the world’s leading corporations including Allianz, Brooks Brothers, HSBC, Credit Suisse, RBS, Chase Manhattan Bank, BMW, Audi and FedEx.
Steve currently features on many media platforms including Golf Monthly, Callaway Golf, the BBC, the Open Championship, Trackman Golf, HSBC Premier Golf Network, as well as St Andrews Links media including the Yearbook, St Andrews Links News and the St Andrews Links blog.
Senior Instructor Fintan Bonner
Fintan Bonner serves as a senior instructor at St Andrews Links Golf Academy and is currently Director of Golf for the St Leonards School.View Fintan's Bio ⟩
Fintan joined the St Andrews Links Golf Academy team from a coaching role he held in Black Bush Golf Club in Ireland. He began playing golf at a young age and achieved a wide range of success as an amateur. Whilst he was a junior he was a selected to be a member of the Leinster Elite Panel and was chosen to represent his province on numerous occasions.
From a coaching standpoint Fintan is an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and a PGA Level 3 certified coach. He believes that the roots of good coaching are grounded in the instructor’s ability to communicate effectively with their student and create a successful learning environment. As well as being a highly regarded instructor, Fintan is a Custom Fit Specialist, having trained with some of the top Customisation experts in the world.
At University College Dublin, Fintan achieved a Diploma in Sports Management and went on to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in Accounting and Human Resource Management at National College of Ireland. He was awarded a Golf scholarship at both of these Universities and was a member of the winning team that clinched the Irish University Championship two years in a row.
Senior Instructor Scott Herald
Scott is a senior instructor at St Andrews Links Golf Academy and serves as one of our instructors at camp.View Scott's Bio ⟩
Scott joined the team at the Golf Academy with a successful background in both coaching and playing. He attended University in Nashville, Tennessee on a golf scholarship before returning home and successfully undertaking his PGA qualifications at The Belfry and University of Birmingham.
Scott’s passion for golf began at an early age and he quickly showed signs of his natural talent for the game, winning titles at each age group within his county and playing in prestigious national and international events. After turning professional in 2008, he enjoyed success on the PGA Europro tour and the domestic Scottish circuit notably finishing 5th at the prestigious Scottish PGA Championships at Gleneagles in 2014.
Combined with his playing career, Scott began to forge an interest in coaching and different techniques, learning from some notable tutors whilst developing his own philosophies of how to maximise an individual’s potential. Scott believes a successful coach-pupil relationship relies on communication and trust, and that utilising the facilities and technology available within the Golf Academy can enhance this bond.
Owner Marc Gentles
Marc Gentles is the co-founder of St Andrews Golf Camp and St Andrews Golf Travel and serves as director for the camps. Marc previously worked for St Andrews Links Trust who manages the seven links courses in St Andrews including The Old Course.View Marc's Bio ⟩
A former Scottish Internationalist who plays of a handicap of +2, Marc now owns and operates camps in St Andrews with Graeme Dawson and his wife, Jamie Craig-Gentles.
Owner Jamie Craig-Gentles
Jamie is the co-founder of St Andrews Golf Camp and is in charge of all operations.View Jamie's Bio ⟩
She is a qualified medical nurse and has been able to use this to travel the world. Although she is well-traveled and has a passion for other countries, Jamie loves St Andrews and Scotland. She enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new foods and cultures. In recent years Jamie has worked in management over a variety of high-end hospitality settings including the Old Course Hotel. Now, as a full-time mother to Luna, Jamie can't wait for Luna to join the golf camps in future years!
Staff St Andrews Links Golf Academy
Instruction is led each day by Steve North and the staff of PGA professionals at St Andrews Links Golf Academy.
St Andrews Golf Camp is a unique experience for golfers to learn and expand, not only their golf knowledge but to gain new cultural experiences and make new friends in an international setting. St Andrews Golf Camp is the only locally based junior golf camp and our team has the local knowledge and expertise to ensure your experience in St Andrews created memories you and your child will never forget.
The Parent/Child Camp price includes...
- Luxury transfers throughout your trip
- Six nights in the 5* Fairmont St Andrews
- Welcome reception, full Scottish breakfast each morning, lunch at Fairmont one day, and group dinner one evening
- Group 1 (32 handicap or less): Golf on Dumbarnie, The Castle, The Torrance & Kingsbarns
- Group 2 (32 handicap or more): Golf on The Strathtyrum, The Eden, The Torrance & The Kittocks
- 8 hours of instruction at the Links Academy in St Andrews
- Half day historical walking tour of St Andrews
- St Andrews Golf Travels’ Marc or Graeme personally looking after you throughout your time in Scotland
St Andrews Golf Travel shall operate 3 shuttle services throughout the day for the group. The times of these shall be determined when we have all flight details
In order to confirm your trip, a 30% non-refundable deposit will be required with the remaining balance due on the first day of the month, three months prior to the start of camp. Cancellations, for any reason, will result in a forfeit of the camp tuition.
All payments will be taken in U.S. Dollars (USD) and converted to the British Pound Sterling (GBP). Due to the fluctuation in conversion rates, pricing may be subject to change. *Please note: You may be required to make an additional payment if pricing changes.
After registering for camp, you will receive a short confirmation email and communication from Marc and Jamie at St Andrews Golf Travel. Between registration and camp, please be on the lookout for important emails about flights and other necessary information. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call US Sports Camps at 1-800-645-3226.
Note: US Sports Camps, Inc. and Nike, Inc. are not sponsors, co-sponsors, owners or operators of the St. Andrews Golf Camps. The St. Andrews Golf Camps are owned and operated by St. Andrews Golf Travel. US Sports Camps, Inc. is a marketing and registration service for these camps and it and Nike have no control over the operation of the camps or the acts or omissions of St. Andrews Golf Travel. St Andrews Golf Camp has its own cancellation policy that can be found on our Peace of Mind Policy page in the About tab of our website.
Please read our terms and conditions in full St Andrews Golf Travel Ts&Cs
Caddies are available on request for a rate of £65.00 plus discretionary tip of approximately £35.00. Please note that caddie availability cannot be guaranteed. Payment should be made in cash on the day, direct to the caddie after your round.
*Sample schedule subject to change. All participants will receive a full itinerary prior to the camp start date.
- Afternoon St Andrews Golf Travel shall operate 3 shuttle services throughout the day for the group. The group then checks into the 5* Fairmont St Andrews.
- 6:00pm That evening we host a welcome reception with drinks and canopies for the group.
- 8:00am The group has breakfast in the Fairmont Hotel.
- 9:00am Golf that morning is on The Torrance.
- 3:30pm Our coach picks up players and takes them to The 5* Links Academy where they are met by the PGA professionals coaching them during the week. The group then spends 2 hours at The Links Academy.
- 6:00pm Evening is at leisure.
- 7:00am The group has breakfast in the Fairmont Hotel.
- 8:30am Golf that morning is on the Castle Course.
- 3:30pm Our coach then takes the group to The Links Academy where players spend 2 hours with the PGA professionals.
- 6:00pm Evening is at leisure.
- 8:00am The group has breakfast in the Fairmont.
- 1:00pm The group has a day of leisure with a 3-hour historical walking tour of St Andrews town.
- 7:00pm Dinner is at the Niblick Restaurant.
- 8:00am The group has breakfast in the Fairmont.
- 9:00am Morning is at leisure.
- 12:30pm Our coach takes the group to The Links Academy where players spend 2 hours with the PGA professionals.
- 4:00pm Golf that afternoon is at Kingsbarns.
- 6:00pm Evening is at leisure.
- 8:00am The group has breakfast in the hotel.
- 9:30am Our coach then transfers the group to The Links Academy where players spend 2 hours with the PGA professionals.
- 1:30pm Golf that afternoon is at Dumbarnie
- 6:00pm Evening is at leisure.
- 8:00am Breakfast is in the Fairmont Hotel.
- 9:00am-11:00am We say our goodbyes and 3 shuttles provide transfers to Edinburgh airport.
St Andrews Links® Academy
A short walk from the Eden Clubhouse, the St Andrews Links Golf Academy harnesses the spirit of tradition at the Home of Golf to deliver world class instruction for golfers of all ages and abilities. Utilising the latest cutting edge technology and instructional techniques, a trip to the Golf Academy guarantees a memorable experience for visitors. Instruction is delivered by PGA Qualified St Andrews Links Golf Academy professionals and the Academy also houses a Callaway Performance Centre..
*During your time in St Andrews you will have 4 x mornings at the links academy with a total of 13 hours tuition per person.
St Andrews Links® Golf Courses
St Andrews is famously known around the world as the Home of Golf. In total the town has 189 holes of golf to choose from which offers juniors on our golf camps an exciting variety of links golf to experience. St Andrews Links Trust currently operates six courses on the links – the world-renowned Old Course, the New Course (established in 1895), the Jubilee (1897), the Eden (1914), the Strathtyrum (1993) and the nine-hole Balgove. A seventh – The Castle Course – has been built in a panoramic coastal setting to the south of the town.
*Courses scheduled are below, but parents are welcome to place their name on the lottery, extend their trip and play The Old Course.
Other than Pebble Beach, there are few world-class courses able to offer such an expanse of beach and water frontage as that we have been blessed with at Dumbarnie Links. Of the 34,000 golf courses currently in play around the world, only 246 of them are authentic links courses. Of these, only around 40 are internationally recognized 5 Star links, and yet over thirty of these appear in The World’s Top 100 Golf Courses. The most famous is the Old Course at St Andrews on the shores of Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. Premier links are very rare and have great cachè value.
The aim of our partnership is to produce a world-class, prestigious daily fee golf course on a site of genuine links land that is only minutes away from St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” This rare piece of land has a mile and a half of sea frontage with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
In the eighth decade of the 18th Century, at the same time as the Thirteen States were declaring their independence and the
Constitution of the United States was scripted, the Merchants and Lairds of Kingsbarns drafted articles to form the Kingsbarns Golfing Society. Golf has been enjoyed over the links land of Kingsbarns beginning in 1793. Attired in their blue coats, the Kingsbarns men met for their Spring and Autumn Meetings to challenge for the Societies medals on the links and to enjoy the conviviality of friends over dinner in the Golfers Hall. The Society continued to wager, wine and dine for decades until the Cambo Estate tenant farmer ploughed up the Links in 1850 in order to add to his farmable area.
Prompted and inspired by Lady Erskine of Cambo, the old Kingsbarns Golfing Society was re-established and founded as Kingsbarns Golf Club in 1922 and Willie Auchterlonie laid out a nine-hole course on the links about Kingsbarns Bay. This course served the golfing needs of the locals and holidaymakers until the onset of the Second World War when the Links was mined in the national security defense effort and it quickly reverted to rough pasture. Golf was resurrected on Kingsbarns Links in 2000. Kingsbarns joined the great old courses of nearby St Andrews and Carnoustie, bringing with it a new dimension to the traditional Scottish game.
The Torrance Course
Perched atop the cliffs that are situated above St Andrews Bay, Fairmont St Andrews offers two stunning traditional links golf courses, the Torrance and the Kittocks. In a region famous for being the home of golf, both courses manage to hold their own against the area's other links courses.
Playing the Torrance Course, you would never believe that it was once flat farmland. The designer, Sam Torrance, transformed the course into a challenging links layout that looks as though it has been there forever. The classic Scottish bunkers that are strategically placed throughout provide a formidable test. Be careful from the 16th green to the final hole or you might find yourself tumbling down the rocky cliffs. This dramatic final stretch of holes is especially scenic and challenging with greens that play right along the edge of the water.
Host to The Final Open Qualifying in 2010 and home to The Scottish Senior Open since 2009, The Torrance Course is often regarded as having some of the best greens in Scotland.
5* Fairmont St Andrews Golf CoursesThe 520 acre five star Fairmont St Andrews resort encapsulates luxury, elegance and truly breathtaking surroundings in the ‘Home of Golf’. A truly unique and special venue that makes your visit one to remember, with its lavish and stunning surroundings, peaceful setting and stunning cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea.
The resort prides itself with an array of fabulous facilities including two championship Golf Courses, The Kittocks and The Torrance, excellent dining experiences for every palette, ranging from their new Italian eatery La Cucina to St Andrews Bar and Grill serving the freshest of Steak and Seafood.
All of their 209 luxury guestrooms are spacious and well proportioned with thoughtful Scottish touches. The sumptuous Signature Spa offers a range of treatments including locally themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies using exclusive Aromatherapy Associates products in 12 chic treatment rooms. The spacious swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and relaxation room complete the experience, helping you to relax and unwind. Whatever the occasion, Fairmont St Andrews really is the perfect location to turn your golf vacation into a treasured memory.
The Castle CourseAlso known as course No. 7 of the famed St. Andrews Link Trust, the Castle course adds to the brilliance of possibly the world's best collection of links golf courses. Opened in the summer of 2008, the Castle course was designed by David McLay Kidd, the designer of the heralded Bandon Dunes course in Oregon in the U.S.
The Castle course follows the coastline east of St Andrews and is just two miles from the center of town. Kidd has worked wonders with the already brilliant landscape, making the Castle course a perfect fit to the Trust's other six golf courses, with outstanding scenery and a challenging level of play.
Playing to more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, the Castle course has golfers around the globe excited to try out the newest golf course in one of golf's premier vacation destinations. Following the coastline east of St Andrews, The Castle Course is two miles from the town center and lies adjacent to The Torrance Course and Fairmont Resort.
The EdenOne of the six courses under the guidance of the St Andrews Links Trust, the Eden is a delightful links course and one of the Links' more popular tracts. The fairways are not especially tight, although there are bordered by whins with thick semi rough just in front. The greens are one of the highlights round this course and if you get on the wrong side you can be left with a treacherous 30-footer that's full of curves and contours. The closing stretch of holes are superb, with the long 17th featuring out of-bounds on the right and the 18th, which has a wonderful, teasing approach shot into an undulating green.
The StrathtyrumDesigned by Donald Steel to offer enjoyable golf, the course complements the tougher, championship layouts at the 'Home of Golf'. It is shorter and, with only 15 bunkers, a relatively sand-free environment by St Andrews' usual standards.
It still requires, however, a considerable level of skill if it is to be negotiated successfully. Although few in number, the bunkers are cunningly placed and the moundings around the green place a considerable emphasis on iron play accuracy. The greens themselves have slopes and borrows which can make taking more than the regulation two putts all too easy and give a links-like feel to the layout.
The KittocksThis stunning cliff top course was originally named the Devlin Course after one of the three designers who worked on it (the other two being Gene Sarazen and Denis Griffiths). The natural makeup of this coastal location has been used to its fullest even to the extent of incorporating a deep ravine known as Kittock's Den within the layout. As dramatic as many of the holes are due to their proximity to the North Sea shoreline, it is the 15th that takes the honorary title of signature hole; a long, par-4 dogleg that leads to the cliff-edge green.
The Kittocks is a great test of golf and has the added advantage of having golf carts available for hire.
I really liked the five on five games
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