St Andrews, Old

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What we say

The charm of St Andrews is that everyone from the roadsweeper to the baker to the university student breathes, talks, sleeps and plays the game. It has a great history and it’s why we play 18 holes. This is a course you definitely have to think your way round.

On the first tee, with the widest fairway in golf stretching out in front if you, the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Playing at St Andrews, with the Royal and Ancient clubhouse and the Auld Grey Toon as the backdrop, is a magical, awesome feeling. The views may not be mountainous or of oceans stretching as far as the eye can see, but more landmarks of golf history – that imposing clubhouse, the Swilken Burn, the Road Hole Bunker, the Valley of Sin. You'll never play football at Old Trafford, or tennis on Wimbledon's centre court... but you can play at St Andrews.

Every one of the 112 bunkers on the course has a story to tell, and most of them have names given to them. The course is home to the most famous golf hole in the world, the 17th or Road Hole, which is also the only hole in golf to have an entire book devoted to it. The Old Course takes time to appreciate, and many great players have not liked what they've seen on their first visit.

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The world's most famous public course has hosted the Open Championship 27 times. With double greens, corrugated fairways and revetted bunkers, this course may not be as hard as it's neighbours on the complex but it is still a tough test.

Every single hole has it's own history and standing on the first tee will be something you won't forget anytime soon.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 4 out of 5
  • TG Rating 5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.7 out of 5
  • Address
    Pilmour House, , ST. ANDREWS
  • Tel 01334 466666
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £80 - £170
Course Length 6,721 yards (6,146 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Public

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 AMazin

    By Anonymous

    As tiger once said "the best course in the world" it has more history and better greens than anywhere

  • 3.5 out of 5 more of an experience than a GREAT course

    By lexo

    We looked forward to it so much but then all came away feeling let down, the 1st, 17th + 18th are a joy to play to many other holes as forgetful and almost unfair as you cannot see where you are going (you should know better for next time round but how many people can afford it). A big tip from the starter was ''left is right and right is wrong, apart from the loop where straight will only do''. O/A too many people on the course (all with caddies) but please do not let my review put you off as it is a must just for the gigantic sloping greens !

  • 4.5 out of 5 An eye opener

    By JamesSt Andrews fan

    If you've never played a championship course before then this is a real experience. The 1st,17th and 18th are unreal a dream to play. Take a wind beater though, out on the 8th you'll be lucky if the wind is at a dull roar and not the hurricane speed i had to deal with. All in all the clubhouse, bar, shops, town and courses are something for any golf fan to behold. Don't be surprised if you hit over 100 no matter what level you play at

  • 4.5 out of 5 Age before Beauty

    By Craig6

    Standing on the 1st and 18th tees are possibly the most amazing experiences you will ever feel on a golf course! A must play.

  • 5 out of 5 Build up the Anticipation

    By Anonymous

    You have to try this method before playing the course for the first time, it really builds up the anticipation so much you can taste it. Due to a local by-law, the course is closed to players each Sunday so that locals can excercise their dogs over the course grounds. i.e. this means you can walk the course from tee to green and map out the shots you will play in your mind. If you really want to maximise the anticipation, take a pen and paper and note down your plans for each drive, which side of the green to approach from etc... then review your plan that night over a few cold ones in the bars overlooking the course. Then from Monday, if you don't already have a tee time, put your name into the daily ballot, then when your date with the old girl is arranged, take your notes to the course and try to play to the plan you pictured and planned on the Sunday you walked the course. Sheer magic.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Amazing experience

    By Anonymous

    It was in amazing condition, and it wasn't windy which was also very good. The pin positions were tough though, but the experience was amazing.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Better than it looks on TV

    By Anonymous

    Even better than it looks on TV. Absolutely immaculate kept course with the best greens i've ever played on.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Atmospheric

    By Anonymous

    There is nowhere like the Old Course! It's just beautiful. Try playing it in reverse (the original way)

  • 5 out of 5 The Ultimate Test of Golf

    By Anonymous

    The Holy Grail to golfers everywhere and once you get there it lives up to expectations and some! The course was in immaculate condition, the facilities are just great and you never know what the weather is going to dish up! A must for any golfer. Make the pilgrimage.

  • 5 out of 5 Once-in-a-lifetime

    By Anonymous

    amazing and great condition once in a lifetime

  • 5 out of 5 Brilliant

    By Anonymous

    Very well layed out.  Brilliant greens

  • 5 out of 5 OUTSTANDING

    By Anonymous

    A must play if you are a serious golfer to stand on the first tee is an unbeleivable experience the whole set up and town is golf ,golf ,golf.. The prices in the Old Course clubhouse very reasonable

  • 4.5 out of 5 The best

    By Anonymous

    I've lived here for just over 3 years now and played this course so many times I've lost count. It may not be as hard as the jubilee or new courses, but it's still the best course I've ever played.

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