A golfing Mecca to the most accomplished golfer or the enthusiastic amateur, a trip to St Andrews Links is one which realises the ultimate dream for golfers worldwide. From the iconic Swilcan bridge on the Old Course to Tom Morris’ masterful architecture on the New Course, St Andrews Links has developed over 600 years to become one of the most famous locations in golf. Central to their history and still true to this day is the fact that all seven courses at St Andrews Links are public and Open to everyone.
The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at The Home of Golf was built by the ‘Keeper of the Greens’ (Tom Morris) in 1895 and was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour. At Par 71 and 6,625 yards, with 18 holes, the New Course at St Andrews is often referred to as the world-famous links' best kept secret. It's an undulating course similar in character to the Old Course, with driving range facilities in the nearby St Andrews Links Golf Academy. Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, The New Course is a classic test of Links golf and offers a first-class experience in its own right.
Were it not for the proximity of its more illustrious and ancient neighbour, many experts feel that the Open Championships – as well as many other major golfing events – would have been fought out here, the world's oldest and most challenging 'new' course. It may be relatively new, but it has an extraordinary reputation for excellence. The layout was based on the traditional out and back routing; among its most famous features are the shared fairways and a double green at the 3rd and 15th. Low light at sunrise and sunset reveal the course's countless fiendish folds, wrinkles, and rolls. Add plenty of gorse and it's one of the trickiest courses around.
The comprehensive facility for practising driving, iron play, pitching and putting is open all year round. Whether warming up for a round on the Links, practising on the replica Road Hole Bunker, capturing personal data using the TrackMan Range technology or simply tuning up your game, a visit to the Academy is a must.
· 60 flood lit bays
· 22 indoor bays
· Cutting edge technology
· Short game area
· Replica road bunker
· Putting green
· Walking distance from the Eden Clubhouse.
The Golf Academy was the first golf facility in the UK to implement the TrackMan Range technology thereby launching one of the largest systems of its kind in Europe. With the technology, you can capture personal data on your phone or tablet in real time when hitting from one of 32 bays. Using the free TrackMan app, players can review and analyse their shots with eight ball parameters, including:
· Ball Speed
· Launch angle
· Launch direction
· Total distance
· Side distance from pin
· From distance to pin
The Links Clubhouse and Swilcan Lounge
With panoramic views over the Old Course, the clubhouse offers full facilities for golfers playing the Old, New, and Jubilee Courses. Within the clubhouse is the famous Swilcan Lounge which is open to the public and showcases the very best of fresh local produce. Whether it’s a relaxing summer Sunday lunch or simply a ‘wee dream’ in the evening, the Swilcan Lounge is the perfect destination.
The Eden Clubhouse
Offering full facilities for golfers playing the Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove Courses, the clubhouse is open to the public and has a breakfast, all day lounge menu and bar area. The perfect venue for a relaxed family meal, visitors can also enjoy an afternoon treat of home baking and freshly brewed coffee.
The Castle Course Clubhouse
The circular front of the Castle Course restaurant boasts stunning views over St Andrews. With al fresco dining in the warmer months, the menu features a range of traditional local fare, as well as a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits.