St. Andrews Golf Festival to be launched in 2012

Celebration plans to attract golf enthusiasts and tourists

St. Andrews, the birthplace and spiritual home of golf, will host the world’s first public tribute to the ancient game with the announcement of the inaugural St. Andrews Golf Festival (, which will be happening from March 28-April 1, 2012.

Conceived by Richard Wax, Chairman of Golf Surveys Ltd. and Europe’s leading golf consultant, the very first Festival of Golf is a global celebration in St. Andrews that aims to draw in visitors to experience the rich history, traditions and modern innovations that reflect the 600 years that golf has been played in northeast Scotland and around the world. “The St. Andrews Golf Festival idea in part is meant to rekindle ‘the Spirit of St. Andrews’ and to create an entertaining program of events, presentations, displays and demonstrations to showcase so many dynamic aspects of the sport,” stated Wax, who will direct and coordinate the golf festival activities along with his St. Andrews based colleague, Roger McStravick, the event’s Chief Executive.

The Festival promises a wide variety of exhibits and activities that include golf photography, golf literature, films, guided walks, golf humor/entertainment, cutting edge technology, golf course architecture, fashion, trends, personalities and so much more. “Tourists and locals will simply be offered an unforgettable experience at the Home of Golf,” said McStravick. “We are working with a number of celebrated golf artists to create something truly special, including exciting exhibitions dedicated to legends such as Seve Ballesteros, Old Tom Morris, Bobby Jones and the greats of women’s golf. In addition to the exhibits, there will be lots of fun things to do, such as ‘having a go’ at golf for the first time to trying your hand at hickory-shafted putting to playing a few holes on the world’s top courses on golf simulators. All in all, it will be a great time to visit St. Andrews.”

Golf Surveys Ltd. additionally will be hosting the inaugural World Golf Forum in October this year in St. Andrews. Golf industry global experts from a wide spectrum of interests and disciplines will gather to exchange ideas, make informative presentations and suggest themes for the April 2012 St. Andrews Golf Festival. Keynote speakers will include:  Jack Peter, CEO of the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Florida; Kyle Phillips, renowned golf course architect; and Darius Oliver, author of the Planet Golf books and the world’s leading course rater. Golf Surveys Ltd. is coordinating the Forum’s agenda and participants and information
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