All serious golfers must experience this oldest and most prestigious golf course in the world. Located in the belly of the town you start out towards the Eden Estuary playing on some of the biggest greens and smallest deepest hidden bunkers you’ll ever come across.
After playing to the loop, you head back on the tricky back 9. The 11th hole, with its front protecting bunkers around a sloping green and a dell over the back, is a par 3 that will put the fear in you.
After negotiating Hell bunker on the 14th, the final stretch of holes is awe-inspiring. The16th and 17th holes provide the greatest tests in golf and, while crossing the Swilcan Bridge, you will feel on top of the golfing world. After completing your round, you will feel pretty special knowing that golf has been played here since 1457.
“Playing here will give you one of the biggest buzzes in golf.”
“Even without a club in your hand, it will make your hair stand up on the back of your neck.” Mike Christie
Built by Old Tom Morris with changes later made by Allan Robertson.
Length 6721/6387 Yards.
The New course is a classic test of Links golf. While the Old Course takes rightly centre stage at the ‘Home of Golf’, the New course is a tremendous track with its undulating fairways and the best putting surfaces you will ever play on. The New Course is a fantastic course to get you into Links golf.
Designed and built by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris, in 1895;
Length 6625/6362 Yards
The Jubilee is located between the West Sands beach and the New Course. It’s considered by many to be the most challenging course in St Andrews. It was built just after the New Course in 1897, and was converted into a championship course in 1988.
Designed by John Angus and Willie Auchterlonie in 1897 and redesigned by Donald Steel in 1988;
The Castle course is the newest addition to St Andrews Links. Set on a rugged cliff-top looking over St Andrews and the North Sea giving spectacular views. It has some fun greens that will make you smile. This course is very different from the other 5 traditional links courses.
Designed by David McLay Kidd 2008.
Length 6759/6376 yards.
Kingsbarns is 7 miles from St. Andrews. This course is a classic and the experience of playing it will remain with you forever, guaranteed to make you want to return. The views are spectacular with views of the sea on every hole. Kingsbarns is one of the finest courses in the world, with a variety of hole styles with no two similar holes. Kingsbarns will host the Ladies 2017 British Open and is part of the Dunhill Links Championship held yearly.
Designed by – Kyle Phillips, 2000
Length 6759/6351 Yards
This is the toughest course in championship golf. After 18 holes, you will appreciate how well professional golfers have to play to win here, especially in the wind. There are little sea views on these links but you’ll be more interested in each hole as you need to be strategic with every shot. This is not an out/ in links course. So on a windy day, you can never get comfortable with the wind direction. There are a few super short holes but when you get to the last 3 holes, no matter how conservative your play, you will always find a challenging shot right until you get to the green.
How to play Carnoustie- Don’t go left or right and keep out of bunkers and burns.
Designed by- James Braid, Old Tom Morris, Allan Robertson, James Wright. Opened 1842 and turned in to a full 18 holes around 1870.
Length 6948/6595 yards
Scotscraig is the 13th oldest golf club in the world, established in 1817. Located just 15 mins from St Andrews this Championship course has help Open qualifying over the last 20 years and will host the 2018 Senior Open qualifying.
This unique Links heathland mixture has a great variety of holes. It has one of the trickiest opening holes in golf and pinpoint accuracy is required on the 4th and 7th holes from the tee. This is a fun, enjoyable course that will not disappoint. With it’s traditional club house it’s a true golfing experience from start to finish.
Designed under the guidance of Tom Morris and James Braid.
This traditional links course was laid out by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1895. When old Tom got his hands on this course he certainly used this stunning rugged location to make it one of the toughest links to play. The views from the Balcomie and Craighead courses seem to go on forever.
The stunning tee shot from the first will for sure get you in the mood for links golf. Crail Balcomie links is a tough par 69 course consisting of 3 Par 5’s, 6 par 3’s and 9 par 4’s which is quite unusual in most cases. The Balcomie Links is a finely polished golfing gem and highly should be considered when staying in the St Andrews area.
Build by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1895
This historic Links course is located just down the coast from St Andrews. The course had some changes made in the early years and was split by the Mile Dyke between Lundin and Leven in 1909. This allowed players from Leven and Lundin to enjoy the links land. James Braid was commissioned to lay out the new holes after the split and since then the course combines holes by James Braid and Old Tom. We found the opening 4 and the final 4 be tough traditional links holes especially in the wind. In between there are several short par 4’s that require some though. The clubhouse is one of the best around with stunning views down the 1st and 18th holes. Leven Lundin has hosted many of the Open regional qualifier events.
Designed by- Old Tom in 1868 and redesigned by James Braid in 1909
Length 6371 Yards
Historic Golf Links on the coast of Fife
Simple beauty and untouched since Tom Morris extended the course to 18 holes in 1896. Elie is one of the most highly regarded courses in Scotland and the historic links terrain effortlessly combines undulating fairways with large, fast and firm greens. A game at Elie is a step back in golfing time. The course where James Baird learned his golf and went on to become Open Champion 5 times.
Designer- Old Tom Morris
Dundonald Links will host it’s first Scottish Open in July 2017. A fitting tournament to compliment this young majestic links course. A relatively new course compared to most it has quickly established itself as one of the finest courses in Scotland. The championship tees will offer a tough test for the pro’s. With tight fairways and large greens it for sure will be a crowd pleaser.
Designed by Kyle Phillips 2003
Length- Championship tees 7300 Yards
The basis of Prestwick is still used in great golf course design around the world. Prestwick is the quirkiest course you will play; however, it’s one of the most enjoyable. Having hosted the first 12 British Opens from 1860, the club’s history cannot be beaten. Experiencing this wonderful layout is a must. The first hole is the most intimidating hole in golf, with the railway running down the right side waiting to gobble your ball up.
You will find many blind shots and bunkers in strange locations. It’s beautiful yet challenging; punishing yet manageable.
Designer- Old Tom Morris 1851
Length- 6908 yards
Royal Troon was the Open location in 2016 and provided all with a sublime course. Troon is a classic out and in routing with the second 9 being the toughest. The world famous “Postage Stamp” will be the hole you cannot wait to get to. However there are many holes for you to enjoy first. When playing this course, you will recall the duel between Micklson and Stenson of the final day in the 2016 Open.
Designer- James Braid, George Strath, Willie Fernie
Length- 6632/6170 Yards
Trump Turnberry Ailsa course has breath taking views of the iconic Ailsa Craig and across to the West Aryshire coast. A major refurbishment program just completed received fantastic reviews. The first 9 holes, hugging the coast, are very impressive. The middle part of your round is the most challenging but the views will add some comfort in any disappointing scores. The course finishes with views up towards the hotel, and will bring back memories of the duel in the sun with Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus.
The Ailsa is one of the finest links courses and is a must play during a visit to the UK.
Designed by- Mackenzie Ross 1950
Length 6474 Yards
This is an extraordinary golf course with some of the most distinctive holes in links golf. Located just outside Edinburgh on the coast of the Forth, this course is another gem. It has holes you will never forget, including the perfect par three “Redan”. It has been copied all over the world. There’s also a wall right in front of the 13th green that will make you ask, “Who on the earth put that there?”
Designer- Tom Anderson, David Strath, Ben Sayers 1877
Length 6095 Yards
Also known as The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield is the oldest club in existence, formed in 1744. Overlooking the firth of Forth, the course was designed by Old Tom Morris and changed after additional land purchase in1929. Before playing here it’s best to practice your bunker play as most are strategically placed from fairway to green. The greens and surrounding bunkers are very special as they undulate together. You will notice the quality of this course and the attention to detail from the moment you arrive.
Designed by- Tom Simpson, Harry S. Colt, Old Tom Morris
Royal Aberdeen has the finest front 9 holes in golf. All holes are only yards from the North Sea. On the back 9, you will have some of the most stunning views in golf. This course has held many amateur and professional tournaments including the Scottish Open.
Designer- Archie and Robert Simpson. Brothers
Length 6861 Yards
Castle Stuart is a joy and full of interesting holes with fantastic views. There is a variety of different style holes and the main feature is the bunker styling. Both front and back 9 start along the Moray Firth. This is a modern Links like Kingsbarns, yet traditional styles are built in. This course, despite being relatively new, has grown to be one of the world’s greats.
Designer Gil Hanse 2009
Length- 6553/6153 Yards
This is one of our favourite courses and clubs. The club was formed in 1877; however, golf was played here long time before that. It is a traditional club, yet has a modern feel. This course is one of the most attractive golf venues in the world. From tee to green on every hole it’s first class, and it’s all natural built including some of the tightest and finest fairways, with some greens up high and some sunk like soup bowls. Dornoch is a 4 hours drive from St Andrews but well worth it. You will want to keep coming back.
‘No golfer has completed his education until he has played and studied Royal Dornoch’ Herbert Warren Wind.
Designed- Old Tom Morris, John Sutherland, George Duncan 1886
Length- 6626/6265 Yards