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St Andrews and Golf – They go Together So Well

This year The Open was hosted at the Old Course in St Andrews for the 29th time, with American professional golfer, Zach Johnson defeating Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) and Marc Leishman (Australia) in a four-hole play off.

The Open was first hosted at St Andrews back in 1897, with Scotland’s Tom Kid taking home the title and a sum of 11 pounds. Back in the day, The Open came to St Andrews every three years; however since 1990 it’s only been every five, with the championship tournament visiting various other courses. Still, there’s no taking away St Andrews title as the ‘Home of Golf.’

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Historic records show that golf has been played in St Andrews for over six hundred years and some even believe that the game’s origins date back to St Andrews in the 12th Century. It is known as the birthplace of golf and home to many iconic landmarks, which are well worth a visit.

Even today, the coastal town remains the very best place on earth for a golfing extravaganza. The two go hand in hand, as you will soon see for yourself.

 

Playing golf in St Andrews

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a course to play in St Andrews. St Andrews Links currently has seven courses open to the public which include: Eden Course, The Castle Course, Strathtyrum Course, Balgove Course, Jubilee Course, New Course and the legendary Old Course.

If you’re new to golfing, we recommend playing the Balgove Course, which is beginner and family-friendly. For a more challenging golfing experience, the Jubilee is sure to satisfy and of course, you can’t visit St Andrews on a golfing holiday without playing the Old Course.

 

Walking tours of the Old Course

Speaking of the Old Course, if you are interested in learning more about its history, as well as that of the game of golf, we highly recommended going on a walking tour of the course. Regular tours take place around the 1st, 17th and 18th holes of the Old Course and give you the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of golfing heroes and the game’s heritage.

The tours run from 6th April – 26th September, lasting approximately 50 minutes and costing £10 per person. A complimentary Open 2015 Callaway golf ball and Old Course scorecard are also gifted as souvenirs and are included in the price.

British Golf Museum

In addition to offering some of the world’s finest golf courses, St Andrews is also home to the British Golf Museum. There you will find a fascinating collection of golfing memorabilia, including the earliest clubs, medals and trophies.

The British Golf Museum has recently re-opened its doors following a year long closure, where it was refurbished to celebrate 25 years since it first opened. The museum now has an 80-seat rooftop café, along with a remodelled reception, shop and galleries for all visitors to enjoy.

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Golfing holidays in St Andrews

St Andrews is a golfer’s paradise – the ultimate destination for players and their families. If you need somewhere to stay during your trip, put the No12 Bed and Breakfast at the top of your list. We have a number of beautifully designed rooms for you to stay in, offering blissful views over East Sands and the St Andrews skyline. Just a short distance away from the major courses, it is the perfect accommodation for all golfers.

Call us today on +44 (0)1334 471949 to make a booking.

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No12 is a non-smoking house as is all accommodation in Scotland.