St Andrews Links Clubhouse,
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SF
18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk
Old Tom Morris
18-hole courses of St Andrews Links: par-72 OLD course (6,721 yds from the back tees; even longer from Championship tees used for pro events); par-71 NEW course (6,625 yds); par-72 JUBILEE course (6,742 yds); par-70 EDEN course (6,250 yds); par-69 STRATHTYRUM course (5,620 yds) and par-72 CASTLE course (6,759 yds; located on the other side of the city). St Andrews Links is also home to the 9-hole par-30 BALGOVE course (1,520 yds).
o.5 ml N of St Andrews
From the A91 at western edge of St Andrews (first roundabout as you arrive in St Andrews), go straight over into Pilmour Links, direction town centre. After 400 yds turn left into Golf Place. Follow road for o.8 miles to Car Park for New and Jubilee Courses.
St Andrews Links (New Course): A steady build-up of pressure on St Andrews' golf course in the late 1800s, required consideration be given to the creation of a second course for the city. It was decided to lay out the "new" course to the east of and alongside the existing course, which acquired the title of the Old Course. The newcomer, the oldest 'new' course in the world, duly opened for play in 1895.
Like the Old Course, the New is a fabulous links layout, home to many excellent golf holes. It occupies similar terrain to, and has many of the characteristics of the Old, but also some key differences. On the New you'll find a shorter layout, but one with tighter fairways, smaller greens and deeper rough than on its older companion. In many people's eyes, the New lays down the tougher golfing challenge. There's an abundance of pot bunkers, gently undulating firm fairways and fast slick greens. Expansive double-greens are limited to just one, shared by the par-5 3rd and par-4 15th holes; in contrast the Old Course has seven double-greens, serving 14 of its 18 holes.
The New Course benefits from Old Tom Morris's well-crafted layout and deft design touches. It follows the Old Course out to the Eden estuary, makes its turn at the shore-hugging long par-3 9th, and then brings you back towards the city, as far as the St Andrews Links visitors' clubhouse from whence it started. Were it not for the existence of the Old Course, the New might enjoy a bigger reputation among Scotland's revered collection of seaside links courses.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. No handicap limit.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, 3-day and 7-day unlimited golf tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Non-metal spike facility. Players generally walk this course. Caddies available. This is a walking course; golf carts only available for medical reasons and for over-65s.
Opposite the Royal & Ancient clubhouse is the British Golf Museum - well worth a visit to find out how this great game started and how it developed. There's plenty about the great pioneers of the game and its modern-day exponents.
2019 Golf World rating: 28th best course in Scotland.
40 The Scores, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AS
+44 (0)1334 472 611Visit website
Following a significant refurbishment and extension from 22 to 40 rooms, the Hotel du Vin St Andrews (formerly St Andrews Golf Hotel) now boasts a new and contemporary interior design inside this spacious Victorian townhouse. The views over St Andrews Bay and beaches are as spectacular as ever. In its quiet terrace location near the Promenade, this stylish, boutique hotel offers underground parking, external courtyard, whisky sampling room and wine cellar, as well as the famous student bar Ma Bells.
St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Dukes course); The Castle Course; Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin and Torrance courses).
Kingsbarns; Crail (Balcomie and Craighead links); Ladybank; Scotscraig; Lundin; Leven; Elie.
Pilmour Links, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JQ
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Located alongside and overlooking the 18th fairway of The Old Course.
St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Dukes course); Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin and Torrance courses).
Kingsbarns; Crail; Ladybank; Scotscraig; Lundin; Leven.
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