Music legend Ronan Keating, who is playing in this week’s Championship, says: “The Alfred Dunhill Links is such a brilliant event. Four great days wrapped up with the most amazing fireworks display that should not be missed.”
Saturday’s dazzling fireworks will celebrate the 15th year the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has been staged in St Andrews.
An annual favourite with golfers, spectators and St Andrews residents alike, the display will begin at 8.25pm on Saturday (October 3) and take place on the West Sands, adjacent to the Old Course.
All residents and visitors in the town are invited to watch the show, which will be best viewed from the Links Road, the roadway running behind the 17th green on the Old Course, and from the track in front of the Old Course Hotel.
A classic line-up of Major Championship winners will be playing in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this year, including Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, who won the very first staging of the event in 2001. Other Major champions are Stewart Cink, Darren Clarke, John Daly, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Charl Schwartzel and Y.E.Yang.
Also playing are US Tour players Brooks Koepka, ranked 17th in the world, Erik Compton, who has had two heart transplants, former winner Branden Grace and Ireland’s Shane Lowry, fresh from his victory in the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August. England’s Lee Westwood, winner in 2003, Ryder Cup stars Luke Donald and Jamie Donaldson and 2014 European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley are all in the field.
Among the celebrity amateurs playing are film stars Andy Garcia and Hugh Grant, rock legends Don Felder and Huey Lewis and many great sporting idols including Sir Ian Botham and Sir Steve Redgrave, who have both played in all 15 Alfred Dunhill Links Championships, cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Shane Warne, Irish rugby star Brian O’Driscoll, record-breaking jump jockey A.P.McCoy, star international footballers Michael Ballack, Johan Cruyff, Alessandro del Piero, Ruud Gullit and Andriy Shevchenko, and popular Wimbledon hero Tim Henman.
The Championship, which begins on Thursday and celebrates links golf at its finest, is played over three of the world’s best known and respected links courses – the Old Course at St Andrews, Carnoustie and the highly regarded Kingsbarns Golf Links. With a prize fund of US$5 million, the championship incorporates two separate competitions – an individual professional tournament for the world’s leading golfers and a team event in which the professionals are paired with some of the most celebrated amateur golfers which creates a unique atmosphere.
In June 2011 the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation was established as the official Foundation of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, formalising years of charitable giving from which a variety of causes have benefitted. Since 2001, playing spots have been donated to more than 50 different charities to help them to raise funds.
The Foundation is committed to developing young amateur golfers in Scotland and South Africa and also supports the University of St Andrews and the St Andrews Pilgrim Foundation, which refurbishes and preserves historical monuments in the town.
Admission is free for all spectators over the first three days with final day tickets on Sunday, October 4 available to purchase at the entrance gates for £20 (Seniors £15) or in advance Tickets.