Golf

The Home of Golf: St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland

July 24, 2012 by

For golf lovers, a vacation to the home of golf, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland offers historic public courses open to everyone. The world-renowned Old Course dates back all the way to 1895, but it is only one of seven public courses in St. Andrews.

However, even with all these opportunities, golfers need to plan well in advance.

Golf Courses of St. Andrews

Old Course: The Old Course is where golf started. The first game was played on this course 600 years ago. To book a tee time you must have a qualifying handicap (24 for men and 36 for women). There are four ways you can apply:

  • Advanced Reservations (for tee time the following year)
  • Ballot: This is the most popular way to apply for a tee time. Ballots are drawn 48 hours in advance.
  • Single Golfers: If you are golfing solo, you can go to the course and let the Starter know you wish to play. They will do their best to slot you with a group that day.
  • Guaranteed Premium Tee Times: Exclusive contract with St Andrews Links Trust guarantees tee-off times.

New Course

The New Course, despite its name, is not really new. Established in 1895, this course is consistently ranked in the top 50 British Courses. You can apply for a tee time through the Reservations Office, or book online. To golf this course you need to apply seven days in advance.

Balgove is perfect for beginners.

Jubilee

The Jubilee is famous for hosting several amateur championships and has a reputation of being the most challenging of the links in St. Andrews. Apply for tee times at the Reservations Office seven days ahead.

Eden

Eden officially opened in 1914, and as its name suggests is a golf course designed with natural features amid undulating greens. The layout is both challenging and beautiful. You can apply online for a tee-time, or call ahead to the Links Clubhouse for day-ahead bookings.

Strathtyrum 

If your handicap is in the mid to high range and you’re looking for a course that’s a little less difficult, The Strathtyrum is ideal. Book online or apply seven days ahead through the Reservations Office.

Balgove (nine hole)

The Balgove Course is a favorite for family outings because it is the perfect golf course for beginners and junior golfers. The nine-hole course provides scaled-down challenges like shallow bunkers and wide fairways. If you want, you can play the course twice for the green fee.

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Castle Course

The Castle Course offers panoramic views from a rugged cliff line overlooking St. Andrews. This popular course opened in 2008 and has won several awards including the Golf Digest Top 100 ranking.

Other St. Andrews Activities

Along with golf, St. Andrews offers plenty to do including beaches, museums, historic sites, and more. It’s a beautiful setting and a dream come true for any golfer.

Photo Credits: St. Andrews Links



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