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