St Andrews, Scotland
Old Course at St Andrews overview
Although the Old Course can boast several truly memorable holes, the signature hole is probably the 17th par-4 ‘Road Hole’. Starting with a tee shot that for the optimum line needs to carry the corner of the out of bounds fence. For their second shot, golfers are then left with an extremely difficult, long approach to a small green protected by a deep bunker in front and a stone wall behind that runs parallel.
The tee shot on the 17th is also famous for having the Old Course Hotel so close to the ideal driving line meaning that not a day goes by when the hotel roof is not struck by an errant drive.
Did You Know?
Despite its enormous popularity, the Old Course at St Andrews still upholds its longstanding tradition of a daily ballot (Sundays and tournament days exempt) drawn two days prior to the intended play date.
The ballot is designed to give golfers the best opportunity to play the Old Course during their visit to St Andrews and reflects its commitment to making the Old Course as accessible as possible to members of the public. It’s one of the most popular and effective ways to get a tee time for those who fail to secure a tee time, due to budget or availability reasons.
Accommodation near Old Course
Six Murray Park
Six Murray Park, with eight beautifully decorated guestrooms, prides itself on being a modern guesthouse whilst maintaining the original theme and traditions of an elegant Victorian townhouse.
The Ardgowan in St Andrews is a 36-room family-run, 3-star hotel in the center of town. A popular spot for golfers, this hotel is just a short walk from the 1st tee of the famed Old Course.
Hotel du Vin St Andrews
A modern and beautifully designed hotel equipped with every facility required to make your golf vacation to St Andrews unforgettable.
The Kinnettles Hotel is a small, upscale boutique property in the center of St Andrews, giving guests 5-star luxury within walking distance of the world’s most famous golf course, the Old Course.
Old Course Hotel St Andrews
The five-star Old Course Hotel, which runs alongside the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course, exudes pure luxury and charm with lavish bedrooms, multiple dining options, and an outstanding Spa.