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Florida “St. Andrews” Golf Course Receives Legal Threat From Scotland

The town of Dunedin, Florida is home to a small par-3 golf course off Bayshore Boulevard that has been named “St. Andrews Links” in tribute to the world’s oldest golf course in Scotland.  The name matches up with the history of the town, which was established by Scottish settlers.

However, the city has recently received notice of a lawsuit coming from the original golf course in Scotland, demanding that they rename it. The owners of the 15th-century Scottish course are concerned with securing their trademark in order to prepare for a multi million-dollar advertising campaign on the American market.

St. Andrews teamed up with Nixon Peabody LLP, one of the world’s largest law firms, to make the Florida course aware that they were infringing on their trademark. Rather than pay the steep fee to keep the name, the American course is considering changing their name to “Dunedin Stirling Links”. The second part of the name refers to Stirling, Scotland, Dunedin’s sister city, and also the name of a local soccer club, skate park and fine arts gallery.

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