World Hickory Open 2021 (Oct 11th -14th)

We are delighted to advise you of the Calendar of events which will grace the World Hickory Golf Championship in 2021. The schedule is as follows;

Monday 11th October – Archie Baird Trophy to be played for over the fantastic new Dumbarnie Links course.
Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th October – Round one and two of the WHO Championship with field split over the two Fairmont St Andrews Bay courses.
Thursday 14th October – Final round of WHO Championship to be played over the Old Tom Morris designed course at Balcomie Links in Crail.

A welcome reception with drinks and canapes has been arranged at The Old Course Hotel on Sunday 10th October at 4.00pm.

* Due to the uncertainties concerning COVID19, we have decided only to take a deposit upon registration, and then invoice you for the remaining amount 120 days before the event.    This allows us to secure the hotel bookings while making it simpler to return your deposit if the event is cancelled.  We will return the deposit minus credit card and service charges.

Registration must be received no later than 12th January 2021.

Archie Baird International Trophy (Monday 11th October 2021 )

The Opening Competition will be the Archie Baird International Trophy in the form of a Team Tournament over over the fantastic new Dumbarnie Links course.  The format will be teams of four.  Players will play as split pairs and better ball strokeplay scores, adjusted for handicap, will be collected from each pair in the four. The two better ball scores will then be added together to declare the winner with the lowest combined score.

The World Hickory Open Championship (Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th October 2021)

This year’s Open will be played over 3 rounds on the the two Fairmont St Andrews Bay courses, and the Balcomie Links at Crail.   The field will will be split into two groups on Wednesday and Thursday with players rotating between the Torrance and the Kittocks courses on each day.  All players will play the final day at Balcomie Links, Crail.  This will be an individual strokeplay event with handicap adjustments. There will be prizes for Professional and Amateur alike.

Due to light conditions and available times there will be a “cap” on the number of players in the field for each competition. In the Archie Baird it will be 100 players and in the Open it will be 130 players.

Scottish Night (Tuesday 12th October – Old Course Hotel)

A Scottish Night will be held in the Old Course Hotel on Tuesday 12th October at 7.00pm in the Old Course Hotel and will include a Piper, Scottish Country Dancing display (with audience participation), a taste of Rabbie Burns and Scottish Fair.

Gala Prize-giving Dinner (Thursday 14th October – Old Course Hotel)

The Gala Prize-giving dinner will be held in the Old Course Hotel on Thursday 14th October at 8.00 pm when the winners will receive their prizes and plaudits from their fellow competitors plus the announcement of the venue for the 2022 WHO.

The Courses

Dumbarnie Links

Blessed with such an expanse of beach and water frontage Dumbarnie Links is a true Premier Links course with a modern twist. The 18-hole course has been founded, developed and designed by renowned course architect, Clive Clark.

The design incorporates three potentially driveable Par-4s and features several holes that engender ‘risk and reward’. This course is designed to inspire rather than intimidate golfers. Total yardage for the golf course varies from 5,300 to 6,900 yards. However, there is a special set of professional tees positioned such that should an event be held at Dumbarnie sometime in the future, there are 12 extra tees whereby the course can measure up to 7,600 yards.

Fairmont St Andrews Bay Torrance Course

The Torrance course is a traditional par 72 championship course where the front 9 works its way around the hotel prior to utilizing the property’s sea views on the back nine.

Blending the principles of links golf with a more modern style, the course provides memorable golf days for players of all abilities.

Fairmont St Andrews Bay Kittocks Course

The Kittocks course makes full use of the properties coastal location and is arguably more pleasing visually. It has large rolling greens, undulating fairways and holes perched on top of the cliff tops breath-taking sea views.

The Kittocks course is a traditional outward and inward loop.

Crail Balcomie Course

Crail Golfing Society is set on the easternmost edge of the Kingdom of Fife, just 12 miles from St Andrews and the Home of Golf. Founded in 1786 the club dates back to the very origins of the game. While no two rounds of golf at Crail are ever the same, you will always be welcomed with the same special brand of Scottish hospitality.

Centuries of golf has been played over these beautiful old links; long before the days of formal rules, mechanised mowers and metal cups. Much of the course as it is enjoyed today was laid out in 1895 by the master himself, Old Tom Morris. Balcomie is one of Scotland’s golfing gems, it’s a must-play course for members and visitors alike.

The Hotels

Old Course Hotel St Andrews

Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses and the West Sands Beach. This prestigious AA Five Red Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Scores Hotel St Andrews

The Best Western Scores Hotel is the closest hotel to the 1st tee of the world famous Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. A 5 minute walk will take you too many of the towns attractions including the ancient castle and cathedral ruins, the 600 year old university and the historic town centre. The hotel occupies two traditional Victorian town houses dating back to 1864 and 1880 and retains many of the large former drawing rooms as junior suites. 36 rooms in total, many of which have stunning views view’s over the West Sands beach whilst others enjoy an outlook over the newly landscaped garden and terraces. Champions Grill has unforgettable views of the West Sands and the 1st tee of the Old Course from its 9 large picture windows – there is no better way to start your day!

WHO 2021

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
Archie Baird International Trophy

4 Person Team – 2 better ball scores to count, one from each pair.

Best Gross and Runner Up gross, Amateur Longest Drive, Amateur Nearest the Pin

World Hickory Open

Professional (Scratch)

1st, 2nd and 3rd


Best Gross , Best Gross Runner Up

Best Net, Best Net Runner up

Best Lady

Best Senior

Best Junior

Best Honourable

All Competitors please note in fairness to all you cannot win two titles such as Runner Up Gross and Best Net.

Prize order will be determined by Gross scores first.  Management Team decisions are final.

COVID-19 Statement

We will take all steps necessary to ensure the chosen Hotels and Golf Clubs are adhering to official Government Guidelines in relation to your safety and well-being during your stay.

Useful Information

Medical Certificates will be required by those who wish to use a Buggy

Handicap Certificates for National Handicaps will be required by all players