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The influence of sport on destination development: the case of golf at St Andrews, Scotland

WithRichard Butler

One of the less common cases is that of St Andrews, a small community on the east coast of Scotland, some 80 kilometres northeast of Edinburgh. While St Andrews does possess some of the attributes of a conventional tourist destination, in particular two excellent beaches (one made famous in the film Chariots of Fire, although transplanted to southern England in the movie), its major claim to fame as a tourist destination over the past half century or more is its sporting associations – in particular, its golf courses and related heritage. This chapter reviews the emergence of St Andrews as a tourist destination, discusses whether it can be correctly so described in terms of its physical development and morphology, and evaluates the significance of the role of golf in shaping the form and function of the town as a tourist destination.