Dundee St. Andrews Golf Course / St. Andrews Links
(Dundee, Scotland, UK)
The attractive town of St. Andrews is located around 21 km / 13 miles to the south-east of Dundee, within Fife and on the easterly shore of Scotland
. St. Andrews has become renowned for just one thing - its exceptional golf course. Now something of a Mecca for world-class players, enthusiasts and spectators alike, golfers and their supporters flock to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews all year round, where the North Sea views further add to the overall appeal.
Amazingly, golf has been played at St. Andrews since the first game in 1552. The Open Championship 'Old Course' has hosted games played by every golfing great right up to the present day and the whole town is given over to this much-loved Scottish sport.
Visitors to the town should note that the highly prestigious Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews (R&A) is a very exclusive, private all-male club, and becoming a member here is virtually impossible. However, the adjacent Old Course is a public golf course and completely separate from the R&A club.
Golfers on holiday in Dundee and wishing to play a round at the St. Andrews Old Course will need to book several months ahead - be prepared for a rather steep green fee.
There is also the chance to play a round if you turn up the day before and add your name to a ballot, although these ballots are usually heavily oversubscribed. Golfers should note that the St. Andrews Old Course is closed on Sundays.
Those unable to secure a game on the Old Course will find a number of surrounding golfing opportunities that may well prove of interest. These include the Balgove, Castle, Eden, Jubilee, New and Strathtyrum golf clubs, all of which offer more competitively priced green fees, although lack the grandeur and status a little.
Well connected to Dundee by public transport, the town itself is especially appealing and charming, with its enticing cafe and bar scene, plentiful fine dining and undeniable energy. This is very evident thanks to a growing population of young students at the historic University of St. Andrews, which was founded as far back as 1410. Town highlights include the Cathedral of St. Andrew on North Street, and the particularly apt British Golf Museum on the Bruce Embankment.
Old Course Golfing reservations:
Reservations Office, St. Andrews Links Trust, Pilmour House, St. Andrews, Fife, FY16 9SF, Scotland, UK
Tel: +44 01334 466 666
Online reservations: http://www.standrews.org.uk/+