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St Andrews & Fife

What can be said about St Andrews, that every golfer does not already know. This is the ‘Home of Golf’ The town itself has 7 courses, the most popular of which are the Old, The New and the Jubilee. The new Castle Course, which sits to the East of the town, is the new addition and is fastly gaining a reputation for being one of the toughest Links Courses in the area. Add Kingsbarns to the mix and golfers could easily spend a full tour staying here. Carnoustie is also within a short drive. St Andrews is probably the most popular golf destination in the world and St Andrews Old Course is the course everyone wishes to play at least once in their golfing lives.

St Andrews The Old Course

St Andrews – THE OLD COURSE – 6933 yards – par 72

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St Andrews Old Course is a public Links which is laid out over common land within the town of St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife. Golf was first played over the Links in early 1400 and members at that time played over land which would become the Old Course; however that name had not yet been given to the course. As such St Andrews is widely recognised as the home of golf. The course was extremely important to the development of how the modern game is played and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club is based in St Andrews and the clubhouse sits adjacent to the first tee and is one of the most famous sights in golf.The modern St Andrews now has seven courses – The Old, The New, The Jubilee, The Eden and the Castle which are complimented by the less demanding courses of the Strathtyrum and Balgove. The Open Championship is held over St Andrews Old Course on a regular basis and at present it is held every 5 years. The tournament attracts the best golfers in the world and it is fitting that the tournament is held here so regularly.

There are many unique features to St Andrews Old course, not least its hidden and pot bunkers which litter the course and cannot be seen from the teeing areas. The course has 7 large double greens which share 2 holes each with the hole numbers for each double green adding up to 18 each. The Swilcan Burn runs across the 1st and 18th fairways and together with the 17th Road Hole bunker and Hell Bunker, are arguably amongst the most well known hazards in golf. The rippling fairways and ever constant winds demand skill in playing your shots to the massive, rolling greens which are extremely quick due to the nature of the land. The famous players that have graced the Links of St Andrews Old Course are too numerous to mention but it is every golfers dream to play the most famous golf course in the world and Golf Vacations UK can ensure your dream will come true.

 

The New Course

St Andrews – THE NEW COURSE – 6604 yards – par 71

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The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was designed by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour.

Boasting undulating fairways and challenging greens, the New Course is a classic test of Links golf. This is an undulating course similar in characteristics to the Old Course.If not for the proximity of its more illustrious and ancient neighbour, there is no doubt that many Open Championships and other major events would have been fought out over the testing oldest New Course in the world.

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The Jubilee Course – St Andrews

St Andrews – THE JUBILEE COURSE – 6805 yards – par 72

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Opened in 1897, this course was named to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is the most seaward of the St Andrews Links courses and the youngest part of the traditional Links.

Created on a narrow strip of land between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was originally a 12 hole course intended for ladies and beginners. It was the result of an initiative by the Town Council who had re-acquired the Links under the 1894 Links Act.

It is a formidable challenge especially with its long six-hole stretch.

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The Eden Course – St Andrews

St Andrews – THE EDEN COURSE – 6250 yards – par 70

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Opened for play in 1914, the Eden course was designed by Harry S.Colt, using natural features and field boundary walls to give the course an entirely natural feel. It is situated west of the Old Course and several holes run adjacent to the famous Links.

Alterations completed in 1989, under the direction of the golf course architect, Donald Steel, do not fall short of the high standards set by Mr. Colt. The result is a course of character but slightly less testing and more forgiving than the three courses lying on the seaward side.

Opened for play in 1914, the Eden course was designed by Harry S.Colt, using natural features and field boundary walls to give the course an entirely natural feel.

The Castle Course

St Andrews – Castle Course – 7200 yards – par 72

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Also known as course No. 7 of the famed St Andrews Link Trust, the Castle course adds to the brilliance of possibly the world’s best collection of links golf courses.

Opening in the summer of 2008, the Castle course was designed by David McLay Kidd, the designer of the heralded Bandon Dunes course in Oregon in the U.S.

The Castle course follows the coastline east of St Andrews and is just two miles from the center of town. Kidd has worked wonders with the already brilliant landscape, making the Castle course a perfect fit to the Trust’s other six golf courses, with outstanding scenery and a challenging level of play.

Playing to more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, the Castle course has golfers around the globe excited to try out the newest golf course in one of golf’s premier vacation destinations.

 

 

 

 

Kingsbarns Course

St Andrews – KINGSBARNS – 7126 yards – par 72

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The Kingsbarns Golf Links site has long been known for its intimate connection with the sea. The fact that its golf origins date back to 1793 is testimony to the attributes of the site which foster ideal conditions for links turf to flourish amid interesting natural terrain. This unique part of East Fife has sandy soils, undulating ridges and hollows, Cambo burn running into the sea, all set immediately against the rugged coastline of the North Sea.

Venue for the Dunhill Links Trophy, together with Carnoustie and St Andrews Old Course.

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St Andrews Dukes Course

St Andrews – The Dukes – 7271 yds – Par 71

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With a spectacular setting above St Andrews, the championship The Duke’s gives magnificent panoramic views over the surrounding countryside to the sea.

The Duke’s is highly regarded as one of the finest heathland championship courses in the British Isles and a ‘must play’ course for any golfer.

Its style ranks alongside the great inland challenges which demand accuracy and inventive play as well as power golf.

With five separate tee positions at every hole, The Duke’s has the flexibility and  challenge to appeal to golfers at every level.

Fairmont Kittocks

St Andrews – Fairmont Kittocks 7049 yards – par 72

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“The former Devlin course at Fairmont St Andrews has been re-named as Kittocks.

The new name change reflects the millions of pounds worth of changes being made to the Kittocks course and the name is taken from the area of land on the course that is inhabited by a family of deer.

This protected area comes into view on several holes and provides abundant wildlife to be seen during a round on Kittocks, including pheasants, rabbits and hares, deer, grouse and badgers.

The coastal land the course is built on reminded legend, Gene Sarazen, of Pebble Beach when he first visited the site as one of the course’s original architects.”

Fairmont Torrance

St Andrews – Fairmont Torrance Course 7230 yards – par 72

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The Fairmont Torrance Course, named after the Ryder Cup Captain, Sam Torrance, is a par 72, in excess of  7,200 yards.

The course sweeps its way round the hotel and down to the coastal edge which gives it a dramatic cliff-top position, overlooking the Old Grey Toon of St Andrews.

The course  proved a big hit with players in the 2010 Open Championship qualifier and Scottish Senior Open. This course is a tough test for all players.

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Crail Balcomie

St Andrews – CRAIL BALCOMIE – 5922 yards – par 69

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One of the world’s oldest golf clubs, Crail Golfing Society was founded in February 1786 and initially comprised membership of 11 local golfers.

The course is a short links course situated at the Fifeness point, 2 miles east of Crail. The course follows the shoreline and you are never far the sea. Many holes climb and tumble along the waters edge. The 4th & 5th offer tempting short cuts across the shoreline and there are a number of holes with steep drops and climbs. A fine test of golf in remote surroundings make for a pleasant round.

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Leven Links

St Andrews – LEVEN LINKS – 6436 yards – par 71

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The championship course at Leven was used once again at the Millennium as one of the four final pre-qualifying courses when the British Open Championship is played at St Andrews.

As well as boasting the 11th oldest golf club in the world, The Leven Golfing Society, the Standard Life Assurance company’s amateur champion medal, gifted by the company in 1870 lays claim to the title of “The Oldest Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship In The World”. A true sea-side course

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Lundin Links

St Andrews – LUNDIN LINKS – 6371 yards – par 71

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Lundin Golf Club, near to St Andrews the ‘Home of Golf’, is well known throughout the golfing world as a course of rare quality. Founded in 1868, on a Tom Morris course it was extensively redesigned by five times Open Champion James Braid in 1909. Lundin Links, just 20 minutes from St. Andrews is one of Scotland’s gems. Historically a qualifying course for The Open Championship when played in St. Andrews, Lundin Golf Club is renowned for its beautiful greens and some of the most demanding Par 4’s in the game of golf. A complex links course with open burns, an internal out of bounds (the old railway line), and strategic bunkering, Lundin presents a challenge for the thinking golfer where position from the tee rather than distance will yield just rewards on the scorecard.

 

 

 

Scotscraig

St Andrews – SCOTCRAIG– 6550 yards – par 71

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Scotscraig is conveniently located only 15 minutes from the famous Old Course, St Andrews.

Although the course doesn’t sit exactly adjacent to the coastline, there are a few sea breezes to consider when playing this links, heathland mixture.

Since 1984, Scotscraig has hosted the Final Open Qualifying when The Open is played over St Andrews.

When the Open returned to St Andrews in 2010, Scotscraig once again hosted Final Open Qualifying.

Ian Baker-Finch, Brian Barnes, Justin Rose, Mark Mouland, Duffy Waldorf and Sam Torrance are only a few of the famous players to have graced this renowned classic Fife course.

Elie

St Andrews – ELIE – 6273 yards – par 70

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One of Scotland’s most popular and delightful holiday courses with panoramic views over The Firth of Forth. Some of the holes out towards the rocky coastline are splendid.

This was the course that produced the immortal James Braid.

Elie is a well known links set on a wide, open West Bay overlooking the Firth of Forth. The starter at the 1st tee uses a periscope taken from HMS Excalibur.

 

Ladybank

St Andrews – LADYBANK – 6580 yards – par 71

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A heathland course of Championship status (Par 71) set amongst heather, pine trees and silver birch. The Championship course (of 6754 yards) has two loops of nine holes. The course is a serious test of accuracy off the tee and precision to access many of the tight and firm greens.

The course definition may have changed dramatically in the intervening one hundred years, but its character still remains intact. If you stray off line expect to be heavily punished for your sins. The drive at the dogleg 3rd and 9th holes requires extreme care, as do the 15th and 16th on the back nine. The greens are compact and your approach shot requires precision to find the putting surface. The fairways are predominantly flat leaving you invigorated from the exercise with a surfeit of energy to meet the excesses of the 19th hole.

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