Golf at St Leonards

St Andrews is known the world over as the ‘Home of Golf’. The game was first played in St Andrews in the 15th century, and today the town boasts seven beautiful courses which together form the Links Trust. Students enrolled on the St Leonards Golf Programme are eligible to apply for a Links Ticket, giving them unique access to these courses, including the world-famous, major championship venue: the Old Course, which will host the 150th Open Championship in July 2022. Other renowned Scottish championship courses, namely Carnoustie, Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Muirfield, are also easily accessible. 

Together with the indoor floodlit bays and world-class practice equipment at the Golf Academy (including the Digital V1 Pro Coaching system, Sam PuttLab, AMM 3D Biomechanics Data Collection, and Trackman), this ensures that St Leonards is able to offer one of the largest and most prestigious school golf programmes in the UK, attracting students from all over the world.

From Beginners to Elite Players 

All pupils have the opportunity to play golf, regardless of age or ability. The five tiers of the Golf Programme are as follows:

  • ‘St Leonards Minis’, designed specifically for pupils aged 8-12 who are looking to gain or continue to build on an understanding of golf, including basic skills and techniques.

  • ‘Introduction to Golf’, which is tailored to pupils aged 12 and above who are new to the game.

  • ‘Q School Programme’, which serves as an ideal stepping stone for players coming up from the Introduction tier, and is open to players with handicaps between 28 and 54.

  • ‘Development Squad’, designed for students who are interested in developing the game and have handicaps between 17 and 28.

  • ‘Performance Squad’, for experienced, skilled golfers with a handicap of between 8 and 16.

  • 'High Performance Squad', for elite players who have a handicap between +5 and 7. 

Personalised Coaching 

Students enrolled on the Programme receive personalised, expert coaching, delivered by Director of Golf Fintan Bonner and his team of experienced instructors at the St Andrews Links Academy. Fintan is a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, a PGA Level certified coach, and a Custom Fit Specialist. The pupils each have a personal instructor and a personalised training plan, enabling them to grow as players and individuals. Students are encouraged to hone their swing and strike, but also to develop their time management skills and refine their nutritional intake – the Programme seeks to help pupils to be the best golfer that they can be, and also the best version of themselves. In line with the school motto, the Golf Programme truly prepares boys and girls ‘Ad Vitam’ and complements the skills and attributes fostered inside the classroom at St Leonards.

Medals and Tournaments 

Pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of internal competitions, local medals, national tournaments and international tours. From the St Leonards Monthly Medal to the Rotary Fours Competition, Stephen Gallacher Golf Competition and ISGA Championships, there is something for everyone. The St Leonards teams are frequently successful in national competitions and international tours, and a number of our current players are making excellent progress up the world rankings.


The Tom Morris Scholarship recognises an individual student’s talent, achievement, and dedication to the game. The scholarship is named after the four-time Open champion, and is open to current and prospective students. The prestigious award lasts for the duration of one year and not only carries a fee remission, but also sets high-achieving golfers apart and stands them in good stead for university and college applications, especially if they are interested in applying for a Golf Scholarship in the UK, US, or internationally. Students in the High Performance Squad are often approached by American universities looking to sign them to Golf Scholarships, with recent leavers securing awards at Houston Baptist University, Wingate University, and the University of Indianapolis to name a few examples.

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