Overview: Par 72; 6721 yards (6146 m)
A round of golf at the indisputable, iconic home of golf is special. It is the oldest golf course in the world and a place of pilgrimage for golfers. Tiger woods call this one “the ultimate”.
Probably the most cherished tee-time that any golfer can ever book, is not that difficult to come by as many presume. Despite its grand status and heritage, the Old Course remains a public course, open to all for over 600 years now.
The Old course is an open, out-and-back links layout, played through naturally flowing sand-based terrain. Stray too far beyond the bumps and hollows of the good-width fairways, and you’ll discover the gorse bushes, thick rough and hellish bunkers lying in wait. Out of bounds lurks on the rightside of many holes – something that slicers of the ball need to be wary of. Drawing the ball “into” the course is the safer way to tackle the Old course. Although wind speed and direction changes everything on this course.
The fascinating elements of the layout promise euphoria, whether its standing on the iconic Swilcan Bridge at par-4 18th or Hell bunker on the par-5 14th and the Road Hole bunker at the par-4 17th that will dwarf anything you’ve ever experienced before. There are seven monster double-greens and only four holes do not share a green.
Course Architect and Designer
Over the years, many designers have contributed to the old course layout. Most recently Daw Anderson (1850s), Old Tom Morris (1860s to 1900) and Dr. Alister McKenzie (1930s)
Green Fee and Tee Times
£175 for 18 holes (Mid- Apr to Mid-Oct)
Visitors welcome on weekdays. The Old Course is not available for advance booking on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays. Must book very well in advance (as detailed on www.standrews.com). In addition to advance bookings, visitor tee-times also available via the daily ballot or queuing as a single golfer on day of play. Maximum handicap: men 24; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
Ben Hogan never played the Old Course
St Andrews links
Pilmour House, St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9SF
Office: +44 (0) 1334 466 718
Pro shop: +44 (0) 1334 466 666
Fax: +44 (0) 1334 479 555
If I had to select one course upon which to play the match of my life, I should have selected the Old Course.”
Old Course Hotel
Old Station Road, St. Andrews
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Pilmour Links, St. Andrews
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