St Andrews Links

St Andrews Links Clubhouse,

St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SF

  • Office

    +44 (0)1334 466 718
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1334 466 666
  • Fax

    +44 (0)1334 479 555
  • Golf pro

    Steve North (Director of Instruction - St Andrews Links Golf Academy)
  • Academy

    St Andrews Links Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Old Tom Morris

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Yards
6625
6362
5992
Par
71
71
75
SSS or slope
73
72
75

At the same location:

18-hole courses of St Andrews Links: Old Course (par-72; 6,721 yds from the back tees; even longer from Championship tees used for pro events); New course (par-71; 6,625 yds); Jubilee course (par-72; 6,742 yds); Eden course (par-70; 6,250 yds); Strathtyrum course (par-69; 5,620 yds) and Castle course (par-72; 6,759 yds; located on the other side of the city). St Andrews Links is also home to the 9-hole Balgove course (par-30; 1,520 yds).

Location

Latitude:

56.345622

Longitude:

-2.808766

How to get there:

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)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1895

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 a tougher golfing challenge than the Old Course. 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.

List of courses: Home of Golf

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. No handicap limit.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-April thru' mid-Oct) on St Andrews Links courses (all days): Old course £295; Castle £160; New £130; Jubilee £130; Strathyrum £45; Balgove £15.

Contact club for full details, discounts, 3-day and 7-day unlimited golf tickets, etc. [Last updated: 2023].

Other information

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.

Practice facilities

Excellent

Did you know?

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.

Published ranking

Scotland's 28th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Britain & Ireland's 91st best course (Golf World, 2024).

Where2Stay

  • Hotel du Vin St Andrews4-star

    40 The Scores, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AS

    +44 (0)1334 472 611

    Visit 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.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Dukes course); The Castle Course; Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin and Torrance courses).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Kingsbarns; Crail (Balcomie and Craighead links); Ladybank; Scotscraig; Lundin; Leven; Elie.

  • Rusacks Hotel4-star

    Pilmour Links, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JQ

    +44 (0)870 400 8128

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    Located alongside and overlooking the 18th fairway of The Old Course.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 5 miles:

      St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Dukes course); Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin and Torrance courses).

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Kingsbarns; Crail; Ladybank; Scotscraig; Lundin; Leven.

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