St. Andrews is recognised the world over as a goling Mecca. Records show that golf was played here as long ago as 1400AD and the Old Course is rightly as the 'Home of Golf'.
Play the Golf Courses
St. Andrews boasts six links golf courses, suitable for all golf abilities. For a challenging round be sure to play the championship courses; the Old, the New and the Jubillee. Less intimidating is the Eden which still offers the same 'experience'. For high handicappers the Strathtrum is ideal while the Balgove is a shorter couse (9 holes) for beginngers.
The much anticipated Castle Course will open for play on the 28th June 2008.
Practice at the Driving Range, Golf Academy and Custom Fit Studio
Should you wish to practice before that all important game St. Andrews Links give you the opportunity at the Driving Range. The driving range has over 60 bays, including 22 indoors, and a landing zone which is over 400 yards long.
More details can be obtained from the Links Trust Website
The St Andrews Links Golf Academy, where you can obtain world class tution, is also located at the driving range. More information can be obtained from the Golf Acadeny Website
Have a shot - Himalayas Putting Green
Even if you can't play golf you can still 'play a round' in St. Andrews at the famous Himalayas Putting Green. Located adjacent to the second tee of the Old Course. This is a fun way to pass the time for all ages!
Walk the Old Course with a Guided Tour
Walk in the footsteps of golf's greats and experience a player's eye view of the fabled links on an expert 40 minute tour of the world's most famous course. Suitable for golfers and non-golfer alike. Walks are scheduled for every day in July and August however please confirm schedule .
Discover the History - Young Tom Morris
Young Tom Morris was one of golfing's superstars. At the age of 17 he won the 1868 Open and then went on to win it again in 69 and 70. Having won it three years in a row he got to keep the trophy belt.
The 1871 Open was cancelled while the governing body worked out what to do, to make the event less susceptible to one man's dominance. Also the time was put to good use in funding and making a new trophy.
The governing body decided to alternate the venue between Ayr, Edinburgh and St Andrews. In 1872 Young Tom Morris won it again! Thus, his is the first name on the new trophy, the Claret Jug.
You can visit his grave in the grounds of St. Andrews Cathedral.