If you’re making your way to St Andrews for the 150th Open then these seven sites have to be on any golf fan’s itinerary.
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St Andrews is the greatest of all golfing pleasures. It is the golf capital of the world, a place instantly recognisable by its holes and ancient buildings.
Its cobbled streets are lined with golf pilgrims drawn from all over the world to set foot on the hallowed Old Course, which will host The Open for a record 30th time in July.
Even if you have no interest in golf, it’s a fascinating place to visit, a town of grand, stately university buildings, medieval ruins, beautiful beaches and a healthy array of guesthouses, pubs and restaurants.
If you are of sound mind and golf obsessed, however, it is surely the greatest place on Earth, where around every corner lies a story and a photo opportunity.
So, ahead of the historic 150th Open this July, allow us to select the places you cannot afford to miss on any tour of the Auld Grey Toon.
1. Jigger Inn
A favourite of the late Peter Alliss, the Jigger Inn used to be an old station keeper’s cottage but now it forms part of the iconic Old Course Hotel, located just short of the 17th green. Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood once bought a horse and named it ‘Inn The Jigger’ as a tribute, while Louis Oosthuizen booked the entire pub to celebrate his 2010 Open win.
2. The Old Course Shop
Opened in 1866, the former Tom Morris Golf Shop is the oldest of its kind and features a display of some original pieces of furniture which belonged to Old Tom. It’s the place to go to stock up on all your Open memorabilia.
The Golf Channel describes it as one of the best hangouts in the world of golf. The lounge bar is full of golfers and memorabilia – and covered from ceiling to floor with pictures of the famous golfers and celebs who have drunk or stayed here.
4. St Andrews Golf Co
This 140-year-old golf factory is one of the last remaining hickory golf club makers in the world. You can browse clubs dating back 600 years.
5. St Andrews Cathedral / 121 North Street
There’s not much left of Scotland’s largest cathedral, but it does house the St Rule’s Tower, which offers some of the best panoramic views of the town once you’ve climbed all 156 steps (and paid a small fee!).
It’s also the burial site of Old Tom, who also has a restaurant named after him in the Links Clubhouse. The house where he was born is long gone, but the site is believed to be near 121 North Street, next door to the cinema on the High Street. It is commemorated with a plaque on the current house.
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6. West Sands Beach
About 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre, this two-mile stretch of flat sand runs beside the Old Course and offers the chance to re-enact the opening scenes of Chariots of Fire. Expect to see plenty of footage during Open week.
7. R&A World Golf Museum
Now back open again after closing for 18 months during the pandemic, the former British Golf Museum brings thousands of fascinating objects to life and explains the game’s origins and changes over time via six themed zones. You can find it opposite the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse, just 67 yards from the 1st tee!
Alternatively, you can skip the queues (and the entry fee) by visiting the HSBC tent in the spectator village. You’ll find tons of memorabilia inside, including the driver that Willie Park Jr used to win the first-ever Open Championship in 1860.
You can even try hitting a hickory club on the Old Tom Morris simulator, though you better be careful. Six have been snapped already this week. Even actress Kathryn Newton, from Big Little Lies, managed to break a vintage club in a celebrity match on Monday.
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