Former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton visited St Andrews today to tackle the world’s most famous Links, The Old Course.
President Clinton was visiting Scotland with the Clinton Foundation, which works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens.
As part of his flying visit President Clinton wanted to enjoy one of his favourite past-times with some Links golf and managed to include a visit to St Andrews ahead of his scheduled public appearance in Edinburgh.
His surprise visit left onlookers and visiting golfers startled as he arrived on the first tee unannounced and with no great fanfare.
Before he teed off towards the Swilcan Burn, President Clinton took time to speak with members of the public and get his picture taken with onlookers, including a request to get his picture taken with a brown Labrador.
After a quick stretch President Clinton teed it up and as a growing number crowded round he dispatched his tee shot down the middle of the first fairway and over Granny Clark’s Wynd.
It is not the first time President Clinton has visited the Home of Golf, having previously played the Old Course in 2001. He was joined on his round by two members of staff from the Clinton Foundation and three of the Links caddies, who shared their years of expertise over the Links.
President Clinton also received a warm welcome from Links staff, many of whom recalled his previous visit.
On completion of his round President Clinton said he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He said: “It’s always a fantastic and memorable experience to visit the Home of Golf. It’s a real pleasure for me to get to come to the Old Course and enjoy it on a day like today, the course was in great condition and the weather was very kind to us.
“As I find every time I visit this part of the world I have been fortunate to receive a very warm welcome and enjoyed the hospitality for which you are so famous. It’s always great to come to Scotland and I look forward to returning again in the future.”
President Clinton was expected to attend the Scottish Business Awards at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre tonight (Friday). Roughly 1400 businessmen and women from around the country are expected to attend.