Golf in St Andrews
The name St Andrews is synonymous with golf and the history of the game but also refers to general region around the town of St Andrews that encompasses the county of Fife or as traditionally known the 'Kingdom of Fife'. Fife is home to more then 50 courses with golf having been played over the links at St Andrews since the 1400's.
The town itself is home to seven courses and the coast line to the south is packed with some wonderful course including the traditional links of Elie, Crail, Lundin & Leven as well as the new classic of Kingsbarns.
About 40 minutes north is Carnoustie which is surround by a couple of wonderful courses such as Panmure which is where Ben Hogan practised during his preparation for the 1953 Open Championship, which he went on to win for his one and only Open Championship appearance and an emphatic victory!
The Kingdom of Fife is much more then the Old course, come stay & enjoy!
Accommodation St Andrews & Fife
The Old Course, St Andrews
Kingsbarns Golf Links
St Andrews Links. Castle course
St Andrews Links. New Course
Panmure Golf club
Crail Golfing Society
The Old Course, St AndrewsGolf has been played over the Old Course for around 600 years making it one of the oldest courses in the world. The Open Championship has been played 29 times on the Old Course the most of any venue. But a lot of people put the Old Course's fame down to its history and tradition. However nothing could be further from the truth, the Old Course remains the most exciting experience in golf. Such features as the massive double greens with their sweeping undulations. The scale of the fairways and the location of the bunkers that produces the fascinating angles of play that makes it the strategic masterpiece it is. The fearsome bunkers such as 'Hells Bunker', Road Hole Bunker, Coffins, Principals Nose and the dreaded Beardies. In fact all 112 bunkers on the links have their own name. The almost crumpled lay of the land with its endless humps, bumps and hollows. The intriguing way the course plays in and out of the the 'auld grey toon' and the spectacular views that it offers. A round on the Old Course is something to be cherish!
Kingsbarns Golf LinksKingsbarns is a modern masterpiece designed by Kyle Phillips and Mike Parsinen. Built on what was a site of an ancient golf course Kingsbarns has over 2km of sea frontage that offers some amazing golf and views. The course was built on mostly farmland and had to be almost completely shaped into links land which was a phenomenal achievement. Kingsbarns has an America style to it with a very high standard of service. A must play!
St Andrews Links. Castle courseThe Castle course was the seventh and last course to be built in St Andrews, designed by David Kidd the course opened for play in June 2008. The course is situated on a cliff top above town and has great views. The layout is fairly extreme in character with its large mounding and fast undulating greens. Not the easiest course but a fine addition to St Andrews.
St Andrews Links. New CourseThe New Course was designed by Old Tom Morris in 1895 and was the second links in St Andrews. A more conventional course then the Old the New is a good test of golf with some particularly stiff holes at the end of the course by the Eden estuary. Playing the New course is one of the highlights of a vist to St Andrews.
Panmure Golf clubPanmure Golf Club dates back to 1845 and is neighbours to Carnoustie on the Angus coast. The course begins fairly flat but soon moves into small dunes and heather covered country side. The club became famous after Ben Hogan practised there for two weeks prior to winning The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1953.
Lundin LinksBoth Old Tom Morris and James Braid have design credits here. Founded in 1868 the course has a wonderful links section of holes a few parkland type holes up on a plateau at the backside of the course. A great place to visit when your in the area.
Leven LinksGolf has been played over the ground now occupied by Leven Links since the 1820's. A classic links course, it has had a checkered history with its neighbour Lundin links. The course runs through the valleys between the old dunes and the firm and fast conditions provide a fine links golf experience.
Crail Golfing SocietyCrail Golf society was founded in 1786 which makes it the 7th oldest golf club in the world. Home to the Balcomie & Craighead links both courses offer fabulous views and equally good golf. An absolute must play when you're in the Kingdom of Fife!
Macdonald Rusacks Hotel
Macdonald Rusacks Hotel