St Andrews is undoubtedly the golf capital of the world, and it is a living testimony of the strong bond between golf and Scotland. It started as an ancestral hobby practiced in the useless lands by the sea, and thereafter became popular amongst locals. Today golf is part of the pride and soul of the town; nowhere on earth will you experience what happens at St Andrews. Golfers stroll in its streets with clubs as cars would do in any major capital city. The most famous course in the world is here, around the corner for locals, mesmerizing golfers from all over the world.
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Max Hawes - Golf Manager
The courses where golf was born and excellent modern jewels.
St Andrews Links - Old Course
- Golf was born here. It is the oldest and most traditional field in the world, home of the R&A and every 5 years it hosts “The Open”. Located in the heart of the town, it is a public place where residents and visitors constantly walk, and stop to take photos on the famous "swilcan bridge" of the 18th.
- Its layout is characterized by a "natural" ground movement that is unique and impossible to imitate and a perfect floor from tee to green. Very playable for all levels of golfer, its design (which has many huge double greens) has been studied, and has inspired the best designers in history.
The Carnoustie Championship Golf Links
- Considered the most difficult stop at The Open Rota, it is an extreme challenge from 1 to 18, and from tee to green. It is a route that demands concentration and a lot of patience, because disaster is always lurking (just remember Van de Velde in 1999).
- It is a typical Scottish links despite the fact that the sea is not visible (it is 500m away), and it has the most difficult finish (16-17-18) in the British Isles. Its 18th hole, crossed by the meandering Barry Burn, with a headwind, has driven the best pros in history crazy.
St Andrews Links - New Course
- The New Course, known as the “oldest new course in the world”, was opened in 1895 and designed by the great Old Tom Morris. Its layout is extraordinary, more difficult than its brother "Old" and its layout -according to the old tradition- goes away in the first 9 holes, to then start the "return home". Overshadowed by its more famous sibling, if it were located anywhere else in the country it would surely host The Open.
Dumbarnie Golf Links
- Recently opened, Dumbarnie Links was envisioned as a world class course on a genuine link site just minutes from St Andrews.
- Its 345-acre site is special for its dual elevations that allowed for a series of elevated tees to be located, and another set of tees and greens located by the sea. Another outstanding feature is that fourteen of its holes have views of the Bay and the Firth of Forth.
Other recommended golf courses
Castle, Lundin, Duke´s, Ellie, Jubilee, Ladybank, Torrance, Kittocks, and Eden.
Other things to do
Welcome to the land of Harry Potter: the beautiful and picturesque St Andrews is a wonderful town to explore. The Home of Golf is also home to collection of historic sights to see, excellent shopping, fine dining and of course famous pubs. Visit its cemetery, walk through its narrow stone streets and visit its famous university (one of the oldest in the world). In addition, you may want to take a day trip to visit Crail, the adjoining fishing village that offers very good cuisine.
Where to stay
Staying in the village is the best way to live the full St Andrews experience. Choose from mansions or houses on the outskirts, hotels on the Old Course (like The Old Course Hotel and The Macdonald Rusacks Hote), hotels a few miles away like the Farimont St Andrews, or consider any of the dozen bed & breakfasts in town.
Time to book
Wegolf is the only AUTHORISED PROVIDER in South America of the Old Course St. Andrews. We recommend contacting a WeGolf expert to learn about playing there with 12 months in advance in order to guarantee tee time at the Old Course.
When to travel
The best time to travel is from May to early October, keeping an eye on the local championship calendar. Outside of these dates the weather is very harsh.
How to get there
Fly into Edinburg International airport, capital city of Scotland, the International Airport receives a wide selection of international flights from all over Europe. Since the destination is located 1:20 hours north of Edinburg, you may choose to travel by train or car.