A Seaside COMMUNITY
It’s said that if you want to see the whole of Scotland, but don’t have the time, simply go to the Kingdom of Fife. It’s also said that if you wish to experience Scottish culture at its best, then move to St Andrews.
St Andrews, “The Auld Grey Toon,” is famously recognized as the birthplace of golf. However, St Andrews rich history makes it a place of universal wonder. It’s where the Reformation that consumed Northern Europe began, and it’s the site of Scotland’s first university. The town’s unique character is an idyllic blend of the best of its past and present.
St Andrews Golf Courses
The Duke's is regarded as one of the finest heathland championship courses in the British Isles and a must-play course for any golfer. Its style ranks alongside the great inland challenges, which demand accuracy and inventive play as well as power golf.
THE ROYAL & ANCIENT GOLF CLUB
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club, founded in 1754, is one of the oldest and most esteemed golf clubs in the world. Situated adjacent to the first tee of the Old Course, the club has nearly 2,500 members worldwide.
The Old Course is one of the oldest and most revered golf courses in the world. Open to the public, the course features some of the most iconic landmarks in the golf world including the Road Hole, the 700-year-old Swilcan Bridge and the 10-foot-deep Hell Bunker.
Built by Tom Morris in 1895, the New Course is a classic Links course known for its challenging greens and undulating fairways. In the great St Andrews tradition, the out-and-back layout has shared fairways and a double green at holes 3 and 15.
The Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging of the St Andrews championship Links courses. Situated on a narrow strip of land beside the sea, the raised tees offer great views, but they also challenge players with prevailing winds.
The cliff-top Castle Course offers extraordinary panoramic views of the coastline and St Andrews. Part of the largest public golfing complex in Europe, The Castle Course offers a completely different golf experience than the other St Andrews courses.
Old Course Hotel
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous Links courses, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. The 5 AA Red Star hotel is one of Europe’s leading resorts for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Kohler Waters Spa
Visit our team of highly trained professionals at Kohler Waters Spa for nourishing therapeutic water treatments and results-oriented facial and body treatments. Enjoy the swimming pool with its stunning waterfall, roof top garden and lounge, a relaxing space to be enjoyed year-round.
British Golf Museum
The award-winning museum, which opened in 1990, is worth exploring for golf lovers and nongolfers alike. Located near the 18th green of the Old Course, the museum features a detailed history of the game, equipment, memorabilia and archive footage.
St Andrews Castle
St Andrews Castle, which served throughout the centuries as a fortress, palace and prison, is a fascinating site with its “bottle dungeon” and underground mine. Battered by wars and high tides, the picturesque ruins is an essential stop on a St Andrews tour.
University of St Andrews
St Andrews is Scotland’s first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Founded in the 15th century, it has a reputation as one of the world’s leading research and teaching centers. The campus is open to tourists on weekdays throughout the year.
Carnoustie Golf Links
This historic championship Links course is located in Carnoustie and is open to the public. Carnoustie, which established its golf club in 1839, features three courses that are challenging, but extremely playable.
One of the only few true Links courses built along Scotland’s coastline in recent years, Kingsbarns, located about six miles from St Andrews, opened in July 2000. Players have a view of the North Sea from nearly every part of the course.
Built 700 years ago to move livestock across the Swilcan Burn, the small stone bridge between the 1st and 18th fairways of the Old Course is one of the most popular sites in the world for golf photos.
West Sands Beach
One of the cleanest beaches in the world, West Sands Beach was famously featured in the film Chariots of Fire. The two-mile stretch of beach is popular for horseback riding, kitesurfing, birding, walking and running.