Kingdom of Fife
St Andrews Golf Tour
St Andrews is known all around the world as being the home of golf, this is where golf enthusiasts dream of visiting and each years thousands of them do visit St Andrews. The town is not particularly large but it does boast an impressive 7 high quality golf courses with one of them being perhaps the most famous golf course in the world, the Old Course.
For those who would like to Play a round at the famous old course there are a couple of ways to do this (its not as simple as turning up and playing due to its immense popularity). The first way is to try and make an advance reservation, this usually has to be done a year in advance of playing. The next way is to enter your name in the daily ballot process. This involves a raffle were names are pulled out the ballot for the tee times and it offers no guarantee of being able to play that day. For this reason we have not included the Old Course in our itinerary but you can substitute any of the courses if you wish.
Total Cost: £101 - £186*
*Price varies depening on time of year
Day 1: St Andrews Golf Museum / The Castle Course
The start of the day should be at the Golf Museum which is the largest museum of its type in the world and it bring alive the history of golf. You browse through an enormous collection of golf memorabilia from ancient golf clubs to winners medals for various golf tournaments (past and present). Everything that you ever wanted to know about golf is here.
Next up you will probably want to have some lunch before embarking on an afternoon of golf. We recommend a light snack at The One Under which is the only gastro pub in St Andrews. There is great food and drink available and also some fantastic views of the Old Course as you eat.
Next up is 18 holes at the Castle Course which is only a couple of miles outside the town centre on the beautiful coastline of St Andrews. If you have a car then it is a few minutes drive along the A917 heading out of St Andrews. If you are traveling on public transport then catch the No 95 bus which will drop you off outside the course.
The Castle Course is a relatively new course having only opened in 2008 and it has won multiple awards and is regarded as one of the top 100 courses in the world. There are some fantastic views looking back to St Andrews and some challenging holes with distance ranging from 5300 yards to 6789 yards and par being 71.
Day 2: Driving Range / The Jubilee Course / Himalayas Putting Green
Begin the day at the driving range perfecting your swing so that you will be all set for a fantastic day on the golf course. The driving range is just outside the town centre (walk south from the bus station turn left and follow the A91 out of the town centre past the playing fields) and it offers a range of targets to hit as well as chipping and putting greens where you can also work on your short game.
The next stop is 18 holes at the Jubilee Course which has been used as a qualifying course for the Amateur Championship. The course is names after Queen Victoria and it is over 100 years old and it has developed over the years into one of the most challenging courses in St Andrews. The links style offers slick fast fairways and deep bunkers which will challenge even the lowest handicappers (especially on the more windy days).
After a challenging day of golf why not relax with some putting at the fun Himalayas putting green which is just a few hundred meters from the Old Course at the dunes. The putting green is good fun for all ages and a good challenge for all levels of golfer from pro to novice.