by Marco F
The historic medieval Scottish town of St Andrews enjoys worldwide fame as the home of golf – and those on a luxury holiday there will find that the destination does not disappoint!
Golf has been played on the Old Course since 1400 AD and the area is steeped in tradition and culture.
Step back in time
As the best-known golf course on the planet, the Old Course at St Andrews draws on 600 years of the sport’s heritage.
It is here, for example, that the standard 18-hole round of golf was established and a number of other milestones for the sport have also take place here over the years.
Modern-day golf enthusiasts will find that there are now seven courses to choose from at the site, all run by the St Andrews Links Trust.
While the Old Course is the most well-known, golf enthusiasts may also wish to book a tee time at the New Course (1895), the Jubilee Course (1897), the Eden Course (1914), the Strathtyrum Course (1993) or the Castle Course (2008) for a traditional 18 holes of golf.
Those who are pressed for time may wish to opt instead for the nine-hole Balgove course, which was originally opened in 1972 and re-opened after remodelling in 1993.
Playing at St Andrews
Those on a golfing break in Scotland will no doubt be pleased to know that all seven courses are open to the public – but tee times for some courses are easier to come by than others.
People who want to play on the historic Old Course must meet a handicap restriction set out by St Andrews Links Trust and are able to apply for their time to play up to a year in advance via the trust’s website.
The site is also a helpful port of call for golfers who are looking to avoid traditionally busy dates for all the golf courses, as it offers a comprehensive list of these times online.
Soak up the culture
When holidaymakers have had their fill of golfing, they can venture into St Andrews for a taste of Scottish history.
The town is home to Britain’s third-oldest university and is steeped in medieval tradition.
Shoppers will notice that many of the best stores can be found around South Street and Market Street – and those exploring the area on foot will find that the medieval centre of St Andrews has been preserved for centuries.
Whether it is history, shopping or golf you are after on your luxury holiday to Scotland, St Andrews is certain to tick all the boxes.
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