Destination: St. Andrews

Considered the "Home of Golf" as the first place in Scotland where the game was played on what is now the Old Course, St. Andrews has become mecca for many golfers.

Apart from its six publicly owned golf courses, St. Andrews itself is a bustling university town with a medieval backdrop, easily walkable and full of pubs, restaurants, hotels and golf shops. The town has prospered in the last 20 years or so, thanks to the tourist draw of the Old Course, which welcomes public play through a daily ballot except Sundays, when the course closes for golf and becomes a public park.

The unique Old Course, which can be played in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction, is one of six original Links Trust courses in town and along the sea. The five others include the stellar New Course, opened in the late 1800s as demand for the Old Course became too much, and the Jubilee, considered the sternest test from the daily member tees.

Higher handicappers can play the Eden, Balgove or Strathtyrum courses, or have a free game on the famous Himalayas putting green next to the Old Course's second fairway.

These aren't the only golf courses in town anymore. Along the A917 southeast of town there are four modern links: Kingsbarns Golf Links, the Fairmont St. Andrews Torrance and Kittocks courses and, most recently, the Links Trust opened the Castle Course in 2008.

Also, just a mile from St. Andrews the Duke's Course, in the hillsides overlooking town, continues to draw praise.

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Golf around St. Andrews


A short drive from St. Andrews are Open Championship host Carnoustie Championship Links and 2014 Ryder Cup Host and five-star resort Gleneagles, boasting three fine heathland courses. Set in the heart of the Kingdom of Fife, scores of other traditional clubs along the coastline and inland are also a short drive away, including Leven Links and Ladybank.

Getting to St. Andrews


St. Andrews is about an hour's drive from Edinburgh (Airport code: EDI). Follow signs over the Forth Bridge through Glenrothes on A92 and then follow signs on A91 to St. Andrews.

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Dates: November 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
Lodging at the Albany Hotel St. Andrews for 5 nights, plus 3 rounds of golf at the St. Andrews New Course, Panmure, and Crail Balcomie Links, plus the St. Andrews Old Course (ballot option)! Option to book additional or alternative golf is available. The Old Course round is subject to a successful ballot entry and is not included in the price. Trip includes auto-transmission, self-drive minivan. A Carr Golf Travel executive will assist in booking caddies, restaurants, sight-seeing options, etc.
Price range: £795

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Scotscraig Golf Club
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Tayport £45 - £65
Downfield Golf Club
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Dundee £21 - £65
Wee Braids Golf Course
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Edinburgh GBP 9.00
Haddington Golf Club
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Haddington £32.5
Elmwood Golf Club
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Cupar £9
Kingarrock Golf Course
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Cupar £45
Brechin Golf Club
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Brechin £11
Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie Links Course
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Crail £35 - £60
Musselburgh Golf Club
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Musselburgh £25
Craigmillar Park Golf Club
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Edinburgh £15
Royal Musselburgh Golf Club
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Prestonpans £38
Dunnikier Park Golf Club
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Kirkcaldy £13
Melville Golf Centre
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Edinburgh £15
Liberton Golf Club
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Edinburgh £20
Portobello Golf Course
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Edinburgh £7.20 - £9.50
Elie Sports Club
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Elie £88
Leven Links Golf Club
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Leven £20
Monifieth Golf Links - The Medal Course
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Monifieth £25 - £70
The Duke's Golf Course
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St. Andrews £40 - £95
Arbroath Links Golf Course
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Arbroath £20
Kirkcaldy Golf Club
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Kirkcaldy £13
Edzell Golf Club - Old Course
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Edzell £15
Drumoig Hotel Golf Resort
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Leuchars £20
Whitekirk Golf Club
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North Berwick £20 - £25
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
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Kingennie £20
Monifieth Golf Links - The Ashludie Course
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Monifieth £15 - £30
Craigentinny Golf Course
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Edinburgh £20.00
Balbirnie Park Golf Course
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Markinch £18
Letham Grange Hotel & Golf Courses - Old Course
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Arbroath £45
Glen Golf Club
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North Berwick £27 - £37
Fairmont St. Andrews - The Torrance Course
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St. Andrews £25
Kinghorn Golf Club
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Kinghorn £13
Charleton Golf and Country Club
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Colinsburgh £15
Letham Grange Hotel & Golf Courses - Glens Course
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Arbroath £28
Longniddry Golf Club
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Longniddry £30
Scoonie Golf Club
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Leven £13
Montrose Golf Links - Broomfield Course
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Montrose £20
Broomieknowe Golf Club
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Bonnyrigg £18
Forfar Golf Club
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Forfar £20
Thornton Golf Club
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Thornton £15
Crail Golfing Society - Craighead Links Course
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Crail £35 - £60
Kirriemuir Golf Club
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Kirriemuir £13
Montrose Golf Links - Medal Course
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Montrose £30
St. Michaels Golf Club
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Leuchars £25 - £36
Ladybank Golf Club
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Ladybank £20 - £60
Craigielaw Golf Club
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Aberlady £30
Newbattle Golf Club
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Dalkeith £13
Fairmont St. Andrews - The Kittocks Course
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St. Andrews £25
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Dates: November 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016
Lodging at the Albany Hotel St. Andrews for 5 nights, plus 3 rounds of golf at the St. Andrews New Course, Panmure, and Crail Balcomie Links, plus the St. Andrews Old Course (ballot option)! Option to book additional or alternative golf is available. The Old Course round is subject to a successful ballot entry and is not included in the price. Trip includes auto-transmission, self-drive minivan. A Carr Golf Travel executive will assist in booking caddies, restaurants, sight-seeing options, etc.
Price range: £795