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St Andrews Links Old Course

St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

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. Situated in the Kingdom of Fife, St Andrews Links itself is, apart from being regarded as The Home of Golf, also lies close to other famous courses, such as Kingsbarns Links, Crail Golfing Society and The North Berwick Links. Images courtesy of St Andrews Links Trust and Gary Lisbon.

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Golf Course Location

At a Glance

Golf Course Information

The Old Course is the Home of Golf, where the game was first played 600 years ago. To play down the 18th fairway of this iconic course is to walk in the footsteps of golfing legends from every generation. The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised across the globe, yet the greatest feature of the Old Course is that despite its grand status, it remains a public course. The course originally consisted of 22 holes, but Tom Morris reduced it to 18. From the moment you arrive at the first tee in the shadows of the majestic Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, you can’t help but feel a very special sense of occasion, anxiety and excitement. Set to host the 150th Open Championship in 2022, The Old Course at St Andrews is a must-play experience on any Scottish golf package.


The sense of exhilaration never dissipates as you walk in the footsteps of hundreds of years’ worth of golfing greats. And you’ll experience a multitude of famous features along the way, like the enormous Hell bunker, the Road Hole – site of so many famous Open Championship moments. Strategic options are endless on the Old. The fairways are hundreds of yards wide in places and many of the double greens are over 25,000 square feet. That combination leads to a huge variety of angles and pin placements that, in combination with the wind, means no two rounds are ever alike. When you only see the course once, you miss out on those options and personalities of the course. The Old Course features on our St Andrews Golf Package.


The traditional way to play on the Old Course is to enter your name in a daily ballot. To enter the ballot, there must be at least two players and all names, home clubs and handicaps to be admitted. As the Old Course is closed on Sundays, there is no Friday ballot. Contact us with your interest to play this course and we’ll enter you in the ballot.

Venue Information

Practice Areas:

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.


Facilities include:

·         60 flood lit bays

·         22 indoor bays

·         Cutting edge technology

·         Short game area

·         Replica road bunker

·         Putting green

·         Parking

·         Walking distance from the Eden Clubhouse.


TrackMan Range

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 ca review and analyse their shots with eight ball parameters, including:

·         Ball Speed

·         Carry

·         Launch angle

·         Launch direction

·         Height

·         Carry

·         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.

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