St Andrews Trophy

The St Andrews Trophy is played every second year between two 9-man amateur teams selected to represent Great Britain and Ireland against the Continent of Europe. The format has changed considerably down the years but it’s always been played over two consecutive days with a mixture of foursomes and singles matches.

St Andrews Trophy

Currently, there are four foursomes played on both days, followed by eight singles on the first day then nine singles on the second day. The GB&I team is selected by the R&A and the Continent of Europe side is chosen by the European Golf Association.

The tournament was originally known simply as the match between the British Isles and the Continent of Europe and it wasn’t until the fifth edition was contested at Muirfield in 1964 that the teams played for the St Andrews Trophy.

It all started back in 1956 when the Wentworth Club agreed to host the inaugural match over its West course in Surrey. The home side won that first competition 12½ to 2½ and it would take another eighteen years until the Continent of Europe recorded its first victory in 1974.

The format at the outset was five foursomes on the first day and ten singles on the second day, with all ties played over 36 holes. By 1962, at Halmstad in Sweden, matches were reduced to 18 holes for teams of eleven golfers, with five foursomes and ten singles on each day giving a total of thirty points to play for.

The match composition was further revised in 1982 at Rosendaelsche in The Netherlands, with both 9-man teams playing four foursomes and eight singles on each day. The Continent of Europe gained its second success at this event, winning 14 points to 10, holding onto the 4-point lead from the f...

St Andrews Trophy host courses

Barsebäck (Masters)

4th South & West Sweden - Best in Area 7th Sweden Ranking 64th Continental Europe Ranking

Situated on the west coast of Sweden lies the world renowned Barsebäck Golf & Country Club. With two championship courses, there’s no shortage of great golf to be had at Barsebäck.

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Chantilly (Vineuil)

2nd North East France - Best in Area 3rd France Ranking 7th Continental Europe Ranking

According to the old Big Bopper song, "Chantilly Lace had a pretty face and a wiggle in her walk". Golf de Chantilly is far more than a pretty face; it’s one of Europe’s most glorious courses.

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El Saler

1st South East Spain - Best in Area 2nd Spain Ranking 5th Continental Europe Ranking

Javier Arana designed El Saler and it opened for play in 1968 to a rapturous standing ovation. In fact, shortly afterwards, it was voted the No.1 golf course in Continental Europe.

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Halmstad (Norra)

2nd South & West Sweden - Best in Area 4th Sweden Ranking 50th Continental Europe Ranking

Sweden has some fantastic golf courses and the Norra (North) course at Halmstad Golfklubb is one of them. It’s a surreal setting where you can smell the salty sea air and you can hear the sea, but you can’t see it.

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Lausanne

3rd Switzerland Ranking

Lausanne Golf Club's fairways plunge dramatically up and down through the avenues of trees, which occasionally open up to provide thrilling glimpses of the Alps.

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Linna

2nd Finland Ranking 79th Continental Europe Ranking

Linna golf course opened for play in 2005 and it’s routed through a pine and birch forest adjacent to the famous and historic Vanajan Linna Hotel.

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Muirfield

1st Lothians - Best in Area 4th Scotland Ranking 6th Britain & Ireland Ranking 14th World Ranking

Muirfield is the course of “The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers” (HCEG), the world’s oldest golf club – according to direct written evidence – formed in 1744.

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St Andrews Trophy Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Bob McCoy Courses Played 21
2 Jim McCann Courses Played 19
= Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 19
4 Georg Kittel Courses Played 18
= Brian Ward Courses Played 18
6 Borje Courses Played 17
= Jorn Greve Courses Played 17
= Joseph Andriole Courses Played 17
9 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 16
= David Davis Courses Played 16