Golfing pros and celebs return to Fife for annual championship

5th October 2017

Hundreds of visitors expected for professional and charity golf tournament

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship has returned to Fife’s prestigious golf courses for the 17th annual professional and charity tournament, with famous faces expected to draw hundreds of visitors.

Each year, Fife’s world-famous golf courses at St. Andrews and Kingsbarns, as well as 2018 Open Championship venue Carnoustie, host players and celebrities from across the globe to compete in the pro individual and team championship. UK hopeful Tyrell Hatton will return to defend his title from stars of the global game including former Open Champion Paul Lawrie and golfing superstar Rory McIlroy. The event also marks the professional home debut of Walker Cup star, Connor Syme. Syme, who is based at Drumoig Golf Centre near St Andrews, turned professional in mid-September after his Walker Cup exploits and finished in a fabulous tied 12th position on his European Tour debut at the recent Portugal Masters.

The format sees the Old Course, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie all hosting the first three days of the championship from Thursday 5th – Saturday 7th October, with the final round being played over the world famous Old Course on Sunday 8th October. In the team event, amateurs pair up with their professional counterparts to compete for the team trophy, whilst also raising money for the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation. Funds raised by the Foundation are donated to local and international charities in addition to other benevolent organisations. 

Famous faces competing in the team tournament include musicians Mike Rutherford from Genesis, Dave Farrell from Linkin Park and Bon Jovi drummer, Tico Torres. They will be joined by actors including Jamie Dornan and Greg Kinnear plus Dragon’s Den presenter Peter Jones. Sir Steve Redgrave, jockey Sir Anthony (A.P) McCoy and former Irish rugby captain, Brian O’Driscoll will also be taking part.

Commenting on the return of the championship, Fife Tourism Partnership’s tourism manager, Ann Camus, said: “The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship one of the highlights of the year, and it’s fantastic to see so many famous faces competing in the team tournament to raise funds for the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation.

 “Both the individual and team events draw great crowds every year, and with the standard of golf so high I know we will be in for an exciting tournament once again. Visitors travel from far and wide to experience the tournament, which brings a real tourism boost to local businesses in the area.

“Tourism across the Kingdom thrived over the summer period, so I look forward to upcoming events in autumn and winter.”

Stephen Owen, Chair of the Fife Golf Partnership added: “It’s been another wonderful year for golf in Fife, with a highlight being the hosting of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links. The Dunhill Links Championship is a fantastic event that brings a different type of golfing experience to The Home of Golf, where professional and amateur players compete in a format not normally witnessed at the highest levels of the game.

“The event therefore provides a more relaxed atmosphere than at regular tour events and allows fans to get very close to the action on the course. The event always brings a special atmosphere to the town and surrounding area and we are very much looking forward to yet another exciting championship.”