St. Andrews, Fife | 18 holes | Links | Par: 72 | 6721 yards
The Old Course under the auspices of the R&A are the birthplace of golf as we know it today. The course itself perhaps defines the term "classic links course". Just imagine the feeling of teeing off in front of the R&A clubhouse, to walk the fairways trodden by so many legendary golfers and to return to the clubhouse as you play the 18th hole. In a word - sublime!
The course is located on a peninsula where the elements have sculptured a course completely at variance to today's manicured parkland courses. The ground is generally flat but dominated by depressions and undulations. Besides the obvious sandy ground, there is an abundance of bunkers which can easily trap those long drives required of this long course. Instead of doglegs to hide holes, the course has plenty of large mounds covered in coarse grass and heather. Of course the wide open spaces and the prevailing sea winds also play an important part of any round.
The Old Course is particularly special as it still poses a real challenge to the best golfers in the world.
Directions: A91 from Cupar. Once in town take third turning on left into Golf Place and follow for 500 yards.
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At a glance
- Holes: 18
- Designed by: Alister MacKenzie, Old Tom Morris
- Type: Public
- Style: Links
- Built in: 1850
- Golf Season: Low 11/1-3/31; High 4/18-10/16
- Visitor Policy: All year apart from Sundays and by reservation or by ballot. Need to book well in advance. There is a daily ballot for play the next day but it does not always guarantee a game. Visitors must have handicap certificates or letter of introduction.
- Tee times welcomed: Yes
- Driving range: Yes
- Putting green: Yes
- Teaching pro: Yes
- Golf school / golf academy: Yes
- Pro: Yes
- Rental clubs: Yes
- Rental carts: Yes - medical certificate required
- Pull carts: Yes
- Week days: £85 - £175
- Weekends: £85 - £175
Fife KY16 9SF