The Big Bag Trail Auction


Date: 19 July 2022, 9pm

Callaway and St Andrews Links have created a new and unique visitor experience, The Big Bag Trail, that navigates its way through the streets of the Home of Golf, in celebration of the 150th Open returning to Fife.

The Big Big Trail began its life when budding artists from two local schools – Madras College and St Leonards – were commissioned by Callaway and St Andrews Links to design a St Andrews inspired golf bag that would be used by Callaway Staff Professionals competing at the 150th Open.

From over 65 submissions, 10 finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges that included Callaway Staff Professionals and senior executives from both Callaway headquarters in California and St Andrews Links.

For one of the 10 budding artists the 150th Open will become extra special, as their winning design will be brought to life as the actual Tour Bag to be used by every Callaway Staff Professional competing in the tournament that week. The winning artist will be announced on the eve of the Open, Monday 11th July.

Following The Open, the 10 larger-than-life sculptures from The Big Bag Trail will be auctioned on 19 July 2022 at a special evening event at the Tom Morris Bar & Grill in the St Andrews Links Clubhouse, with all proceeds going to CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) and Scottish Sports Futures.

The auction will also be streamed live with online bidding opening soon.

Click to View Lots and Register to Bid in the Live Online Auction



Auction FAQs

Q. When and where is the Big Bag Trail Auction

The auction will take place at the Tom Morris Bar & Grill on Tuesday 19 July 2022. The auction starts at 9pm (prompt) but if you are attending in person drinks and canapés will be available from 7.30pm and the bags will be available to view in person.

Q. How can I apply for tickets?

There is limited availability at the Big Bag Trail live auction. Please contact by Friday 15th July if you would like to attend. Otherwise the auction will be live online and you can register here

Q. Who can attend?

All interested bidders aged 18+ are welcome to our auction. We hope to fill the auction room with people who are going to bid so that we can raise lots and lots of money for Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) and Scottish Sports Futures.

Q. What size is the Big Bag?

Each Large Big Bag measures 740mm wide and 1190mm tall. The weight is 30 kg.

Q. What are the Big Bags made from?

The Big Bags are made from a mixture of class II fire retardant laminating resin and chopped roving fibreglass over an initial brushed – on layer of gel coat.

Q. Is every sculpture unique?

Yes, each sculpture has been designed by a pupil from the two secondary schools in St Andrews. Their design brief was ‘What does St Andrews mean to you’ and this has resulted 10 stunning designs each with a completely unique personality. The students designs were then applied to the fiberglass sculptures, by professional artists.

Q. Where can I view the Auction Catalogue?

The Auction Catalogue is available to download here (pdf) and via the online auction at

Q. Can I preview the lots in person?

If you are local to the area, the Big Bag Trail is running until the 17th of July and you can see the bags in person in St Andrews. If you would like to attend the Big Bag Auction in person, there are limited spaces for the event which will take place at the Tom Morris Bar & Grill located within the Links Clubhouse on West Sands Road, St Andrews. Please contact by Friday 15th July.

Q. Who is the auctioneer?

Q. The auctioneer is Charles Hanson of Bargain Hunt fame!

Q. How do I bid for a Big Bag?

You will need to complete the Big Bag Trail Bidder Registration Form either available on the night or via the online portal for online bids. A copy of the form can also be sent to you if you wish. Please return your Bidder Registration Form to or bring it with you on the night along with your ID. This will make the process easier on the night and you will be allocated a paddle.

If you don’t plan to make a bid but change your mind on the night, that’s okay too! Please refer to our Guide for Bidders and Terms and Conditions (pdf) for more information.

Q. If I am bidding on the night, what ID do I need to bring with me?

You must bring one form of ID which must include government-issued photo identification. If this does not state your current address, proof of address will also be required.

If you are bidding on behalf of an organisation, you must provide a copy of the certificate of incorporation, or, in the case of unregistered entities, other evidence satisfactory to St Andrews Links. Please contact us at for confirmation of what will be acceptable.

Please see the Terms and Conditions (pdf) for more information.

Q. I can’t get to the auction, can I still bid?

Yes, you can bid online or place an absentee bid.

Q. How do I bid online?

You will need to create an online bidding account with Wild in Art and register for the Big Bag Trail auction at

You can have a look through the auction lots and choose the Big Bag that you would like to bid on.

Participating in the live auction on is easy. Make sure you are registered and approved to bid in advance so that you are ready to go. When the auction starts you will be able to see a live stream of the auctioneer selling the lots as well as seeing a real-time feed of the current bid. When your lot comes up online, get ready to click the bid button! Auctions are fast paced so make sure you don’t miss out.

If you would like to place an online bid in advance, just enter the maximum amount you would be happy to pay for the lot. Your bid will be automatically executed for you as other bidders bid against you. If you want to bid above and beyond this, just click the bid button.

Q. What is an Absentee Bid?

If you can’t attend the auction you can still take part in the bidding by completing the Bidder Registration and Absentee Bid Form. Please ensure this is returned to at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auction.

You will need to pre-select which Big Bag (s) you would like to bid for and the amount you would like to bid. You will also be required to provide a copy of your passport/driving license and proof of address. A member of the auction team will be authorised to bid on your behalf to your specified limit. If you are successful with your bid, you will be contacted after your chosen lot has closed to confirm your preferred payment method. Written bids will be executed at the lowest possible price.

Q. Will I pay commission on top of the hammer price?

No commission is added to the hammer price.

Q. Is my successful bid gift aid-able?

No, it is not gift aid-able.

Q. How much will the Big Bag be sold for?

There is no way of knowing how much each sculpture will achieve. However, if you are saving up for a Big Bag, based on previous similar trails, we expect (and hope) them to sell for £5,000 and upwards.

Q. If I’m successful, how can I pay for my Big Bag?

St Andrews Links Trust will raise invoices for each successful Bid at the end of the Auction and these will be sent to the successful Bidders by hand/email. The invoice will show the Hammer Price to be to be paid, and identify the Lot purchased.

We will have the facility to issue invoices on the night.

Please see the Terms and Conditions for more information.

Q. If I’m successful, how will I get my Big Bag home?

All Big Bags must be collected or delivered by 1 August 2022 and we can arrange delivery for you.

If you would like to collect your Big Bag, you can do so between 20 July and 1 August – please email to book a time slot. Other dates are available on application.

You can arrange delivery via our shipping department. The team will be available on the night to confirm delivery costs and take bookings.

Q. Can I buy a plinth for my Big Bag?

A small selection of indoor wooden plinths and external concrete plinths are available – please contact us for prices.

Q. Will my Big Bag be insured?

All lots are insured until your payment has cleared. Once payment is cleared our insurance will cease and you will become the owner of the Big Bag and therefore responsible for any insurance cover.

Q. Which charities will benefit from the auction proceeds?

Proceeds from The Big Bag Trail Auction will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland) and Scottish Sports Futures

Q. How will the money be used?

Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS): £5,650 could pay for an entire day of care in Rachel House. A day in Rachel House is never the same as the day before, and can include nursing care; physiotherapy; arts and crafts; meals; music specialists; soft play; complementary therapists and so much more. Rachel House is open 365 days a year and all of CHAS’s services are and will stay free for families to access. These services wouldn’t be possible with support from events like this.

Scottish Sports Futures: Any money raised will be used to help us continue our mission of Changing Lives Through Sport by working with vulnerable young people and families across Scotland.

Q. Can I buy a blank Big Bag sculpture?

Blank Big Bag sculptures are not currently available to buy. This is to protect the value of the Big Bag sculptures that will be auctioned to help raise funds for CHAS and Scottish Sports Futures.

Q. Are any Big Bags not included in the auction?

The Big Bag Trail promo bag will not be auctioned and will be used to mark the legacy of the summer the Big Bags took over St Andrews.