Golf enthusiasts will need no introduction to the Old Course at St Andrews, but is it actually possible to play there? Read on if this is on your bucket list, and learn how you can achieve this.
You may undoubtedly be surprised to learn that it is actually a public course, and is known to be the oldest to be found in the world. Golf was first played here in the 15th century, although it was actually banned between 1457 and 1502, as the king at the time believed that archery was a more critical skill.
The Open Championship
It is, of course, most renowned for hosting the Open Championship, won by such greats as Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo.
So, how exactly do you get the opportunity to play on the Old Course? Perhaps the easiest way is to book a package to make the most of your time here.
A popular choice is the Winter Package, which includes a guaranteed tee time on the Old Course, plus two other rounds on different St Andrews Links courses. You will soon be following in the footsteps of some legendary characters, and get to see in person the Hell Bunker and Swilcan Bridge.
To make the most of this memorable occasion, you can request a caddie in advance. Don’t forget to visit the Clubhouse for stunning views.
The St Andrews area
If Scotland isn’t on your doorstep, you can take a long weekend here, and the town of St Andrews itself is a great place to stay. When not playing golf, you can explore the ruined castle and stroll along the stunning beach of West Sands.
If playing the Old Course at St Andrews features high on your bucket list, you will find it surprisingly easy to achieve and will give you some great memories to share with your golfing friends.