Reasons Why You Need To Play a Round of Golf in St Andrews
As a keen golfer, there are so many reasons why you might want to consider taking a trip to Scotland for your next round. One of the key destinations is St Andrews, which welcomes more than a million tourists per annum. Below, we’ve rounded up just some of the reasons why you should consider adding the town, on Scotland’s East Coast, to your bucket list…
The Old Course
Perhaps the biggest reason why St Andrews is at the top of the list for so many golfers is that it’s home to the Old Course. It’s the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world, and yet despite its historic status, many are surprised to learn that it remains a public course, available to all. Even better is that single golfers with suitable handicaps can play the Old Course – simply speak to a member of staff, and they’ll do their best to have you join a two or three-ball group. Booking in advance, however, is recommended, especially in peak periods.
Immerse yourself into the local culture
The fun doesn’t stop when you’ve finished the course: there are so many restaurants and pubs to experience in St Andrews, ideal for a post-round point. From the Jigger Inn and Dunvegan Hotel to more modern affairs like Forgan’s and The Seafood Ristorante, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Oh, and don’t forget that there are some golf shops in St Andrews Scotland to take advantage of, too, allowing you to buy souvenirs to take home.
There’s so much to explore
Once you’ve managed the Links Trust courses, there’s plenty more to explore. Dukes was designed by Open Champion Peter Thomson, offering panoramic views over the surrounding countryside to the sea. It’s now regarded as one of the heathland championship courses in the British Isles and must be ticked off your list when you’re in Scotland. You can also check out Torrance and Kittocks golf courses, each offering their own charm to boot.
An introduction to Scottish golf
St Andrews may be the world’s golfing capital, but it’s also the gateway to a whole world of Scottish golf. If you’re planning to visit the country for more than a few days, there’s so much to see and do. Kingsbarns, for example, is considered one of the best courses on the planet, whilst Carnoustie is an Open Championship venue that’s less than an hour away. Speak to the locals, find out which course tickles your fancy the most, and head off on an adventure.
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