Discover the lesser known gems such as the Balcomie Links at Crail, where teeing off over the North Sea is a twice-enjoyed ‘treat’; or quirky Monifieth Links, which counts an historic railroad track as an out of bounds marker!
Perhaps the intricate Elie course could become a favourite – certainly the WWI periscope in the starter’s hut (used to check whether the fairway is clear) and the ubiquitous seals on the beach will be remembered.
But to play golf on the famed links golf courses in St Andrews is an ambition of golfers the world over. Other modern classics such as Kyle Phillips’s Kingsbarns and David McLay Kidd’s St Andrews Castle Course represent a contemporary take on the links classic; both golf courses are within 15 minutes of St Andrews and add true, modern classics to St Andrews’ golfing canon.
Such seaside experiences are the traditional fayre of Scottish Golf but the tight, tree-lined fairways of Ladybank or the majestic Kings Course of Gleneagles, offer a variety that is unmatched. Indeed the inland, five-star complex at Gleneagles – venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup – another reason to consider St Andrews as your personal hub for the finest golf course experience in the world.
Whatever your taste in course architecture, whatever your style of play, the golf courses near St Andrews and the surrounding area are able to deliver.
You can browse these golf courses by how near they are to St Andrews, allowing you to plan your tee time schedules and transfer times.
I have analysed over 18,000 historical tee times to help you with your planning:
If securing a tee time before you make your trip is your top priority then read my in depth report – with a bonus 5th option and updated for the effects of the covid-19 pandemic.
I will guide you through when to travel – the best months, weeks, days and how long to stay.
I can show you success rates based on time of year, size of group and offer you a series insider tips.
I have put together some of the most popular golf itineraries – the possibilities in an area so densely populated with quality courses are infinite.
Are you a single golfer? Don’t be put off, take a look at my detailed guide to Playing the Old Course as a Single Golfer
Beyond St Andrews
Scotland and St Andrews isn’t just for those with a low handicap. Not convinced? Take a look at these guides for those who are high handicappers, beginners or juniors.
And if you have never played on a links course then you might find this guide – Insights into playing Scottish links golf – a different game a useful read.
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