Bing Crosby on the Old Course at St Andrews in 1950.Bing Crosby on the Old Course at St Andrews in 1950.
Bing Crosby on the Old Course at St Andrews in 1950.

Scotland's Summer of Golf: Here are 23 pictures of action from the home of golf over half a century ago - including Bing Crosby on the Old Course

It’s a big year for golf in Scotland, with the finest players in the world set to be challenged by the country’s famous courses in the coming weeks.

First up is the Genesis Scottish Open, which starts later this week at the Renaissance Club, near North Berwick in East Lothian.

An impressive nine of the top 10 players in the world will be taking part, including world number one Scottie Scheffler and double major winners Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa.

Home favourite Robert MacIntyre will be taking part in his fourth consecutive Scottish Open, while Ryder Cup colleagues Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose are also likely to be popular with the galleries.

Then, just a week later, the Open Golf Championship comes to St Andrews, the home of golf, to mark the 150th anniversary of aguably the most prestigious golfing contest in the world.

To make the occasion, we’re raiding the archives for some fascinating pictures from over half a century ago – these ones from St Andrews.

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