St Andrews is a golf mecca. Well-heeled home buyers also happen to flock there

Mika Vidgren and his wife, Petra, love golf. Their problem is that the climate in their home country Finland means that the season at home is frustratingly short. “It’s usually from May to September because the greens are under the snow for several months in the winter,” said Mr. Vidgren.

About eight years ago, a friend who regularly played in St Andrews, the small Scottish town where golf has been played for about 600 years, invited Mr Vidgren to join him on a journey. “I enjoyed the atmosphere and the golfing spirit,” said Mr. Vidgren. “I got very engaged and started visiting once or twice every year.”

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