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: June 9, 2016 - October 31, 2016
Not everyone can afford to play all the big names, but luckily the St Andrews area is full of incredible lesser known courses at a fraction of the price. Whilst there you can enter the Old Course ballot multiple times and hopefully top off your trip with a round on the world's most famous course.
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Scotscraig Golf Club
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Tayport £45 - £65
Downfield Golf Club
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Dundee £21 - £65
Fairmont St. Andrews - The Torrance Course
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St. Andrews £65
Scoonie Golf Club
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Leven £19
St. Michaels Golf Club
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Leuchars £25 - £36
Newbattle Golf Club
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Dalkeith £35
Forfar Golf Club
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Forfar £10 - £30
Melville Golf Centre
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Edinburgh £12.50
Wee Braids Golf Course
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Edinburgh GBP 9.00
Longniddry Golf Club
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Longniddry £30 - £55
The Duke's Golf Course
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St. Andrews £40 - £95
Glen Golf Club
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North Berwick £27 - £37
Golf House Club
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Elie £55
Kingarrock Golf Course
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Cupar £45
Elie Sports Club
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Elie £39 - £97
Monifieth Golf Links - The Ashludie Course
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Monifieth £15 - £30
Edzell Golf Club - Old Course
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Edzell £21 - £42
Kinghorn Golf Club
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Kinghorn £17
Letham Grange Hotel & Golf Courses - Glens Course
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Arbroath £28
Arbroath Links Golf Course
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Arbroath £15 - £30
Haddington Golf Club
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Haddington £28
Crail Golfing Society - Craighead Links Course
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Crail £35 - £60
Monifieth Golf Links - The Medal Course
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Monifieth £25 - £70
Craigielaw Golf Club
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Aberlady £30.00 - £55.00
Craigentinny Golf Course
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Edinburgh £20.00
Castle Park Golf Club
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Gifford £18 - £35
Leven Links Golf Club
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Leven £50
Craigmillar Park Golf Club
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Edinburgh £30
Balbirnie Park Golf Course
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Markinch £18 - £50
Royal Musselburgh Golf Club
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Prestonpans £38
Kirriemuir Golf Club
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Kirriemuir £18 - £24
Liberton Golf Club
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Edinburgh £31
Thornton Golf Club
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Thornton £25
Brechin Golf Club
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Brechin £35
Montrose Golf Links - Medal Course
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Montrose £47.00
Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie Links Course
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Crail £35 - £60
Drumoig Hotel Golf Resort
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Leuchars £30
Kirkcaldy Golf Club
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Kirkcaldy £34
Montrose Golf Links - Broomfield Course
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Montrose £19.00
Ladybank Golf Club
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Ladybank £20 - £60
Charleton Golf and Country Club
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Colinsburgh £17 - £29
Portobello Golf Course
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Edinburgh £7.20 - £9.50
Broomieknowe Golf Club
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Bonnyrigg £10 - £30
Letham Grange Hotel & Golf Courses - Old Course
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Arbroath £45
Musselburgh Golf Club
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Musselburgh £20 - £45
Elmwood Golf Club
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Cupar £30
Whitekirk Golf Club
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North Berwick £20 - £25
Fairmont St. Andrews - The Kittocks Course
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St. Andrews £95
Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort
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Kingennie GBP 13 - GBP 16
Dunnikier Park Golf Club
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Kirkcaldy £12 - £19
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Dates: June 9, 2016 - October 31, 2016
Not everyone can afford to play all the big names, but luckily the St Andrews area is full of incredible lesser known courses at a fraction of the price. Whilst there you can enter the Old Course ballot multiple times and hopefully top off your trip with a round on the world's most famous course.
Price range: $1565