One of Scotland’s top golf courses is refusing to change its name because of the sex scandal that engulfed Prince Andrew.

The Duke’s Course at St Andrews retains the ‘well-established’ name – despite pressure from Fife politicians to cut ties with the royal.

The course – owned by the famous Old Course Hotel – is named after the Duke of York and it was Andrew who hit the first ball when it opened with the British Lions rugby team in 1995.

Last week Andrew was forced to give up his membership at the historic Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews in Scotland. His sponsorship at other golf clubs was also cancelled.



Prince Andrew opening Duke’s Course, St Andrews July 1995, with his playing partner Gavin Hastings in the background

Other clubs and groups around the world moved quickly to ‘cancel’ the Duke amid revelations about his conduct.

But Kohler, the Wisconsin-based company that owns The Old Course Hotel and The Duke’s Course, refuses to consider a name change.

A member of the £800-a-year Dukes Course, who contacted the Daily Record, said the club should act decisively.

The member said: “The club has such an explicit association with this man and it has become an issue that needs to be addressed.

“The club was very proud that he had scored the first shot when he opened the course in 1985, but in those days he was a dashing prince who added enormous status.

“Lately the Prince Andrew brand has become toxic. It wouldn’t take too much creativity to rename the course to something more appropriate.



Phyllis Wilkie, General Manager, Old Course Hotel, St. Andrews

In response, Old Course general manager Phyllis Wilkie said the course would hold firm to the name.

She said: “We always take our members’ opinions very seriously, but to date we have not received any approach on this matter. We currently have no plans to change the widely recognized name of our course.

Scottish Labor MP Claire Baker, who represents Mid Scotland and Fife, said: “In light of the very serious charges against Prince Andrew, it is only fitting that the Duke’s course should be renamed.

“This is a major tourist attraction which supports the local economy of St Andrews and Fife in general. This is why it is essential that the reputation of Royal and Ancient golf be protected.



Duke’s Course claims to be one of the best in Scotland

And Wendy Chamberlain, the Lib Dem MP for North East Fife, added: ‘It would be in line with Prince Andrew’s decision to step back from many areas of public life and titles if the owners of the course were to follow suit and change who the course is named after.

The prince failed to block a civil lawsuit brought by Virginie Guiffre last month.

Guiffre claims she was trafficked by friends of Prince Jeffrey Epstein and convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell and had sex with him when she was 17 and underage.

Andrew has always denied these charges and recently requested a jury trial.



Prince Andrew, Virginia Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell

Legal developments prompted the Queen to remove all military affiliations and royal patronages.

Other golf clubs have already taken action against Andrew.

The prince lost honorary titles at three courses in Northern Ireland – Royal Portrush, Royal Belfast and Royal County Down – following the growing scandal.

It is believed that the severing of ties with Andrew and the R&A will lead to a torrent of other moves to quash his status and position at other clubs.



Opening of Prince Andrew Dukes Course,St.Andrews July 1995

Andrew has been a member of the R&A since 1992 – three years before joining Scottish rugby hero Gavin Hastings in the ceremonial first game played on the course. He was its captain on its 250th birthday in 2004, the sixth member of the royal family to hold the position and the first to serve on one of the club’s committees.

The Duke’s Course, designed by Peter Thomson, states on its website: “The 6,983 yard Duke’s Course is a classic interior design and is characterized by small undulations, currently displaying all the characteristics of the great moorland courses of the early 1900s. 1920.

“The Duke’s was opened in July 1995 by the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who played an inaugural tour with the British Lions.”

After the Prince tendered his resignation to the R&A, a spokesperson said: ‘I can confirm that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews have received notification that the Duke of York will relinquish his Honorary Membership. We respect and appreciate his decision.

Virginia Giuffre’s civil lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, is being brought under the Child Victims Act, a state law enacted in New York in 2019 that expanded the time limit statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases to give survivors more opportunities to seek justice.

Ghislaine Maxwell is due to be sentenced at the end of June after her conviction for sex trafficking and conspiracy to recruit teenage girls for financier Epstein for sexual abuse.

Buckingham Palace announced that Andrew would have his military titles and patronage stripped.

He will also no longer introduce himself as His Royal Highness – HRH.

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