St Andrews Links
St Andrews, Scotland
St Andrews is a town that lives and breathes golf, it is heaven for the golfing geek with history down every street. Just a few hundred yards from the centre of the town you will come across the magnificent R&A Clubhouse, a beautiful building that overlooks the 1st tee and 18th green of the famous Old Course. Whether you’re there to play the Old Course or one of the other seven that belong to St Andrews Links, you must be sure to take a picture on the iconic Swilcan Bridge, located on the 18th fairway, and pick up a few souvenirs at the official Old Course Shop.
If you’re looking for places to eat before or after your round you won’t have far to go. With plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes available from St Andrews’ town itself or the British Golf Museum and Jigger Inn are popular choices among travelling golfers.
Golf courses at St Andrews Links
Strathtyrum Course, St Andrews
Designed to complement the tougher championship layouts at the Home of Golf, the 18-hole Strathtyrum was opened in 1993 and plays 5620 yards. Although there's only 15 of them, the bunkers are cunningly placed and there is considerable emphasis on iron play accuracy. The greens themselves are large and have slopes and borrows which can test even the most confident putters.
Designed by Harry Colt in 1915, The Eden golf course boasts undulating greens, deep bunkering and fairway hazards, meaning that although this is a golf course that you are more likely to score better in, good tactics are needed to tackle each hole. The par-4, 17th hole is the trickiest of all, following the route of the old railway line and leaving little room for mistakes on the green.
A world-famous masterpiece, this par-74 links course is very special, being where the first-ever game of golf was played over 600 years ago. Favoured by many golfing legends, it is a true test of ability and experience. A classic layout of a links course, there are tricky greens and the fairways are huge, some even stretching to an acre. The 17th 'Road Hole' is probably one of the most famous in the whole world.
Renowned as the ‘local’s favourite’, due to a tight layout, some golfers would argue that this is even more enjoyable than the famous Old Course! The fairways undulate less, but still provide a challenge to golfers with the contour of the hills. The most memorable hole is the par-4, 10th, nestled in between two hills and running through a gorge. The tricky greens are typical of a links course and add to the challenge.
Named after Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, this course is one of the toughest at St Andrews. A championship standard course, the wafer-thin fairways and large greens provide a very tricky test, which explains why it is a frequent host to many major Scottish golf tournaments. The raised tees allow golfers to enjoy breath-taking views of St Andrews Bay, making the experience all the more enjoyable. It does however pose a threat to your tee shot due to more exposure to prevailing winds.
Perfect for beginners, this 9-hole course at St Andrews boasts relatively open fairways with few hazards and shallow bunkers, easing golfers into the game. The gentle undulations on the greens allows good practice for putting and their overall short game. This golf course is ideal for families to play together on a golf break.
The seventh and newest course at the world-renowned St Andrews Links, every hole provides a new and exciting challenge for golfers. There are five tees on every hole. Enjoy spectacular views as you make your way around the course, mainly as you progress to higher ground and then back down, with the closing three holes located along the spectacular Scottish coastline. The most memorable hole is the 17th.
Accommodation near St Andrews Links
Fairmont St Andrews
Relax after your day on the course with top-class facilities including a European-style spa and the choice of staying in a guest room or a manor house. Fairmont St Andrews has everything required to provide a golf break of the highest quality.
Old Course Hotel, St Andrews
The Old Course Hotel has 144 luxuriously designed bedrooms and offers a fantastic range of facilities for guests to enjoy.
The Old Manor Hotel
Located on the stunning coastline of East Neuk, the Old Manor Hotel is blessed with a backdrop of the fantastic rolling green hills of Fife. Panoramic views of this stunning landscape are visible from all rooms and really are breath-taking.
Hotel du Vin St Andrews
A modern and beautifully designed hotel equipped with every facility required to make your golfing holiday to St Andrews unforgettable.