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: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Play four rounds and enjoy six nights of lodging with a full Scottish breakfast. Golf rounds include the St. Andrews New, Crail, Kingbarns and Dukes Golf Club. Optional extras: Play an additional round at Carnoustie, Gleneagles, St. Andrews Bay Kittocks/Torrance, St. Andrews Links, Jubilee or Castle. Carr Golf Travel can make an application to the Ballot for a round at the Old Course on behalf of a minimum of two golfers.
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Scotscraig Golf Club
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Tayport £65
Montrose Golf Links - Medal Course
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Montrose £47.00
Montrose Golf Links - Broomfield Course
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Montrose £19.00
Elmwood Golf Club
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Cupar £30
Kinghorn Golf Club
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Kinghorn £17
Kirkcaldy Golf Club
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Kirkcaldy £34
Whitekirk Golf Club
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North Berwick £20 - £39
Scoonie Golf Club
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Leven £19
Longniddry Golf Club
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Longniddry £45.00
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
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Kingennie GBP 13 - GBP 16
Dunnikier Golf Club
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Kirkcaldy £20
Forfar Golf Club
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Forfar £10 - £30
The Duke's Golf Course
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St. Andrews £35 - £120
Thornton Golf Club
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Thornton £25
Brechin Golf Club
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Brechin £20
Prestonfield Golf Club
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Edinburgh £20 - £32
Dunbar Golf Club
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Dunbar £39 - £60
Duddingston Golf Club
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Edinburgh £29 - £44
Downfield Golf Club
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Dundee £19 - £50
Arbroath Links Golf Course
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Arbroath £15 - £30
Crail Golfing Society - Craighead Links Course
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Crail £35 - £60
Broomieknowe Golf Club
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Bonnyrigg £20
Musselburgh Golf Club
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Musselburgh £20 - £45
Falkland Golf Club
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Falkland £13
Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie Links Course
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Crail £35 - £60
Balbirnie Park Golf Course
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Markinch £18 - £50
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Dates: January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014
Play four rounds and enjoy six nights of lodging with a full Scottish breakfast. Golf rounds include the St. Andrews New, Crail, Kingbarns and Dukes Golf Club. Optional extras: Play an additional round at Carnoustie, Gleneagles, St. Andrews Bay Kittocks/Torrance, St. Andrews Links, Jubilee or Castle. Carr Golf Travel can make an application to the Ballot for a round at the Old Course on behalf of a minimum of two golfers.
Price range: £1225