Saint Andrew’s Club Extends Special Partnership With Columbia

Columbia University men's golf program will be able to use the practice tees, golf carts, and dining options.

The Saint Andrew’s Club this year extended its historic agreement with the Columbia University men’s golf program for the next 10 years. The Lions will have access to Saint Andrew’s throughout the school year for training and practice sessions. They will also benefit from natural-grass practice tees, golf carts, dining options, and summer access.

“We are excited to continue this long-standing relationship with Columbia University,” said Greg Bisconti, Head Golf Professional at Saint Andrew’s. “Coach Mueller has done a terrific job positioning Columbia as an elite golf program and we look forward to the student-athletes utilizing Saint Andrew’s world-class facilities to help achieve their desired goals.”

“We’re incredibly excited to continue our wonderful relationship with Saint Andrew’s for another decade,” said Columbia head coach Rich Mueller when announcing the agreement. “The club continues to be a cornerstone in our success and the mainstay facility for our men’s team. Our success within the Ivy League and competing at a championship level is, in part, attributable to having a facility and membership that cares about our program and the amateur ideal.”

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St. Andrew’s Learning Center
St. Andrew’s Learning Center. Photo courtesy of Columbia University.

The club and university announced its original landmark agreement in 2014. One highlight from that decade was when Saint Andrew’s hosted the 125th Anniversary of the first American intercollegiate golf match, originally contested in 1896. Columbia played Yale in a re-creation of the original match on October 6, 2021. Columbia, by the way, defeated Yale, 15-2.

“We are delighted to continue this relationship with Columbia University and the men’s golf program,” says Saint Andrew’s President Martin Murphy. “The high-character and exceptional young men who play and practice at Saint Andrew’s are a credit to Rich Mueller. We look forward to the next 10 years and what the future holds for both Columbia and Saint Andrew’s.”

“When strategizing ways to ensure the continued success of our program, recommitting to a facility and membership that cares about the same things we do was an easy choice. It simply feels like home,” Mueller added. “The renovations and improvements to the golf course over the last 10 years have further added to the character and exceptional course conditioning. Couple that with the addition of the Learning Center and second short-game area, and it’s a recipe that prepares our student-athletes very well for competitive tournament play.”

Additionally, the agreement covers other aspects of the partnership, including meet-and-greet events at Saint Andrew’s, attendance of Columbia Golf’s annual Senior Dinner, and hosting other Columbia golf events and camps.

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