Golf courses near St Andrews and the surrounding area

First published: August 31, 2013
Last Updated: November 29, 2023

Within a 25-mile radius of St Andrews lies an unparalleled collection of world-class golf courses. St. Andrews itself boasts six courses, with the addition of The Castle Course just outside the town. Beyond the renowned classics, uncover hidden gems like the exhilarating Balcomie Links at Crail or the charmingly quirky Monifieth Links, where a historic railroad track marks the boundary.

Discover seaside charm at Elie with its WWI periscope in the starter’s hut and seals on the beach, Ladybank‘s tight fairways, and Gleneagles’ Kings Course, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup. At the heart of it all are the famed links courses—timeless and sought after by golfers worldwide.

Modern classics like Kingsbarns and the St Andrews Castle Course by renowned designers Kyle Phillips and David McLay Kidd provide a contemporary twist on the links experience, both a few minutes drive away. Make St Andrews your hub for an unparalleled golfing adventure.”

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.

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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.

Beyond St Andrews

There is a wealth of Scottish golf courses beyond the St Andrews area. Some, like Cruden Bay make a terrific day trip from St Andrews, others are an overnight stay or golf trip in their own right.

If you would like more insight into how each compares to the Old Course as well as others in the area then take a read of ‘How tough is St Andrews Old Course?‘. Where I compare 30 of the best courses in the St Andrews area, including the Old Course, Carnoustie & Kingsbarns. With tables and charts to show how tough they are to play and what a good (scratch) and average (bogey) golfer might expect to score on each course.

If the Old Course is a ‘must play’ for your trip, then pre-planning and study is required. A guaranteed tee time, the Old Course Ballot or playing as a single golfer – I have you covered. Check out my extensive golfer resources, using unique research data and providing you with everything you need for a successful golf trip:

Remember – 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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