Participants in the New Links St Andrews youth event of 2024 walk The Old Course. 4 July 2024

New Links provides life changing experiences through international travel, education and the game of golf

New Links St Andrews is a Scottish Charity: Charity Number SC038324. New Links (USA) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States of America. All contributions to the organization are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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New Links partners: Organizations that have participated in New Links youth visits


New Links is a St Andrews based charity that reaches out to deserving young people through international travel, education and the game of golf. New Links is now close to completing its second decade of activity. Between 2006 and 2009 we hosted youth visits involving about 100 children from South Africa, Kenya, the USA and Scotland. From 2007-2011 we paid for a four-year full-ride scholarship at the University of St Andrews, and in 2012 we supported two young women in their golfing development – one made the US Junior Ryder Cup team and the other won the St Regulus club championship over The Old Course. In July 2016 we relaunched our youth visit programme in partnership with Youth on Course, based in Monterey, California, but operating throughout the USA. 


About the start of July each year New Links hosts a group of young people for a week of educational, sporting and cultural activities centred on St Andrews, the Home of Golf. All New Links activities are supervised by experienced adults. Transfers and transportation is with professional carriers. 


Participants have single occupancy rooms within a five-bedroom suite at David Russell Apartments (DRA). Each room has ensuite facilities and high speed connectivity. Each suite has a kitchen and communal relaxation space. An adult chaperone, well known to the group, is present at all times. DRA is managed by the University of St Andrews, is within walking distance of the town centre, and is safe and secure.


In addition to welcoming overseas and travelling youth, we encourage participation from local counterparts who, as well as taking part in the activities on offer, act as hosts to their new friends, giving a special insight into life in St Andrews. This creates an ongoing and valuable legacy from each trip.


New Links is investigating the possibility of establishing a Junior Year Abroad scholarship to the University of St Andrews for the type of young people we have met through New Links events. 


  • What New Links does in getting kids out of their home environment and making them comfortable and confident in meeting other kids is so amazing...

    George Lopez
  • New Links St Andrews provides positive life-changing experiences at the place where it all began. Golf helps kids make new friends, learn useful life skills, gives them confidence and helps them lead better lives. That's big. That's the ultimate.

    Ernie Els
  • I wish New Links continued success with their program and goals of providing inner city and minority youth with unique cultural, educational and golfing experiences through scholarships and visits to St Andrews.

    Arnold Palmer
  • New Links is very special.

    Renee Powell
  • Stay strong, and keep helping the kids.

    Harold Varner III

Harold Varner III recalls his New Links days at The Open, Royal Troon

To contact New Links, email: info@newlinks.org

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