The Home of Golf
St Andrews is at the very heart of the golfing world and is a must-visit destination for players and tourists alike. Aside from the possibility of stepping onto the hallowed Old Course, the history of the game and the evolution of centuries-old courses fascinates thousands of visitors every year.
One of the most striking features of the St Andrews courses is their accessibility. The Old Course is closed on Sundays allowing the public to stroll across the fairways on their way from the shops and restaurants to the West Sands (which is notable as the location of iconic scenes in the film Chariots of Fire). If you want a really thorough tour, The Links Trust offer guided walks – find out more here.
For keen historians, a visit to the British Golf Museum will provide hours of fascinating insight into the ancient game of golf, and a wander through the grounds of St Andrews Cathedral reveals the final resting places of some true golfing pioneers.
The St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club, probably better known to visitors as ‘The Himalayas’ is the famous putting course that lies between the Old Course and West Sands beach. It is open to the public throughout high season and enjoyed by all ages and putting abilities.