Local Community

SALJGA

The St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association - SALJGA as it is more commonly known – was established in 2001 and continues to go from strength to strength.

Designed to attract more local youngsters to the game of golf SALJGA has welcomed more than 2000 young players, who have learned the rudiments of the game as members.

Hundreds of children have now benefitted from tuition and competition. SALJGA members have been national champions and have participated in the Dunhill Links Championship.

In 2012 SALJGA boasted a total of 268 members aged between 5 and 18, who are either residents in St Andrews or pupils at one of the schools within the town. However, the lasting legacy of SALJGA is a whole generation of children who have been given the opportunity to play golf and have lots of fun doing it.

Visit the SALJGA website here.

Tourism infrastructure

Golf is a major part of the economy of St Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife. St Andrews Links Trust is a responsible member of the community and seeks to play its part in maintaining not only the Links itself but contributing positively to the wider environment of the town and the region. It works with numerous partners and supports a range of bodies to support improvements in the town’s environment, its tourism infrastructure and the wider community.

Partner organisations

The Trust works closely with the R&A, Fife Council, the Scottish Government and public agencies including Scottish Enterprise and Visitscotland. The Trust also engages with a number of partnership groups at a local, regional and national level. It plays an active role in the St Andrews Partnership, which is dedicated to improving the town as a place to live, work and visit. It is involved in the Fife Golf Trust, supporting public golf courses in Fife, and the Fife Golf Partnership, which aims to promote Fife as a golf destination. Nationally the Trust works with the industry body Golf Tourism Scotland.

We also assist Fife Coast and Countryside trust in managing and protecting the West Sands beach and Eden estuary, two SSSI which adjoin the Links. This is also in conjuntion with the certain departments of St Andrews University.

St Andrews Community Council

In 2011 the Trust established a commercial partnership with the St Andrews Community Council. Under the agreement the St Andrews Community Trust was formed to distribute funds generated through the protection and exploitation of trademarks associated with the St Andrews name and the town crest of the Royal Burgh. In its first year it made a dozen awards to a wide selection of worthy local projects.

Environment

The Trust works with a number of local bodies including the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust and the West Sands Partnership to manage and protect the SSSI at the Eden Estuary and the West Sands beach. Recent projects have included replenishing gabions to protect the Links from coastal erosion, beach cleans, replenishing dunes and planting marram grasses to help bind the dunes.