St Andrews Golf Course
St Andrews Links in the town of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland is otherwise known as the Home of Golf. One of the oldest and most iconic golf courses in the world, golf was first played here in the early 1400’s.
Today, St Andrews boasts seven public golf courses:
- The Old Course
- The Balgove
- The Eden
- The Jubilee
- The Strathtyrum
- The New Course
- The Castle Course
The Old Course
Steeped in history, the Old Course is what St Andrews is known for and is considered one of the finest, most famous and traditional courses in the world. Spanning 6,933 yards with a course par of 72, the Old Course has been pivotal in the development of modern golf.
While it’s Swilken Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised all over the world, the most notable aspect of the oldest and most prestigious of golf courses is it still remains a public golf course today. Other unique features of St Andrews’ Old Course are the hidden and pot bunkers which are littered throughout the course but cannot be seen from the teeing areas, providing a challenge for all golfers.
The Old Course is home of The Open Championship (The Open), golf’s oldest major championship. The Open Championship is played at St Andrews every five years, more frequently than the other courses it is held at. To date, the Old Course has hosted The Open 28 times since 1873.
Professional golfers regard winning The Open at The Old Course at St Andrews as one of the pinnacles of golf. Previous champions of the tournament will choose the Old Course as their final Open tournament. An Open tradition of the course is coming down the 18th fairway to enthusiastic applause from the crowds followed by posing for photos on the Swilken Bridge with the club house and town in the background.
Many professional golfers have graced the Old Course at St Andrew’s and it has become every golfer’s dream to play this infamous course.
The Balgove is the only 9-hole course at St Andrews. Spanning 1,520 yards with a course par of 30, it caters for families, beginners and children.
The Eden was built in 1914 on the seaward side of St Andrews by Harry S. Colt who used natural boundaries and sever bunkers in its design. Known as a course full of character, the Eden is 6,250 yards and has a course par of 70.
Built in 1897 and located between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was originally designed for use by women and beginners. Given its prime location, it was converted in 1988 to a championship course. Spanning 6,742 yards and with a course par of 72, the Jubilee is considered the most challenging course of St Andrews.
Opened in 1993, the Strathtyrum spans 5,620 yards and has a course par of 69. This course was designed to complement the tougher championship layouts of St Andrews and can test even the most confident of players.
The New Course
The New Course was built in 1895 by the keeper of the green, Tom Morris. Located next to the Old Course, it was named the New Course to differentiate it from its famous neighbour. It is 6,625 yards and has a course par of 71.
While golf is usually the primary focus when visiting St Andrews Golf Links, patrons can also take guided walks of the Old Course or frequent a table at either the St Andrews Club House, the Eden or the Castle Club Houses.
St Andrews has such a rich history and truly encompasses the spirit of golf.