St. Andrews Links - Old CourseSt Andrews - The Old Course

St Andrews - The Old Course
St Andrews Links Trust
Pilmour House
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SF

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1334 466666
Fax: +44 (0) 1334 479555

The oldest golf course in the world, the Old Course at St. Andrews cites its course designer as "Mother nature", thanks to its history dating back over 600 years. Today, it's one of the most coveted rounds in the world and offers public play all year round. Golfers can enter the daily lottery for a chance at securing a tee time, or book through one of a handful of package providers who have secured tee times. The course is most famous for its large double greens on 14 holes and 112 bunkers, each of which have a name and a story to go with it. Its famous "Road Hole" 17th and Swilcan Bridge are icons in the golfing world.

It's also the most frequent host to the British Open, as it is staged here every five years, and Tiger Woods proclaims the Old his favorite course in the world. -- Brandon Tucker

Location: A91 from Cupar. Once in town take third turning on left into Golf Place and follow for 500 yards.

St Andrews - The Old Course
4.5 stars out of 5 (based on 7 reviews)
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St. Andrews Links - Old CourseA view of hole #2 at Old Course from St. Andrews LinksOld Course, St. Andrews, Scotland ( Photo by Brandon Tucker )

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Alister MacKenzie, Old Tom Morris
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 1850
  • Golf Season: Low 11/1-3/31; High 4/18-10/16
  • Guest Policy: All year apart from Sundays and by reservation or by ballot. Need to book well in advance. There is a daily ballot for play the next day but it does not always guarantee a game. Visitors must have handicap certificates or letter of introduction.
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes - medical certificate required

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: £88 - £180
  • Weekends: £88 - £180

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed:
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard Welcomed

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
White 72 6721 yd. 132 73.1
Yellow 72 6387 yd. 129 71.4
Red (W) 76 6032 yd. 138 75.6

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Randolph Stephenson
    on July 18th, 2015 07:03
    Played in May 1995, just before John Daly won The Open in July. Unforgettable! My caddy saved me from total embarrassment on more than one hole! Wish I could recall his name and buy him another pint!
  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Robert Claytor
    on September 25th, 2014 10:08
    Played in May 2014. As the "Home of Golf" it is the best experience I have had on a golf course. It was as I expected. Started playing in a fog which turned to a mist, then wind started to blow harder, a little rain and then cloudy, windy, and cool for remainder of match.

    The course is like no other I have played. You can feel the history and the humility of saying you have played "The Old Course"
  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Bob Marshall
    on May 29th, 2012 12:57
    I can only give The Old Course a 5 star rating because that is all I am allowed to give. The emotion of playing this course really came out walking up the 18th, the tears were flowing and making the par putt was the most important shot I have ever hit. I have played many of the top courses in North American and they all have their own personality and charms, but nothing compares to staying in St. Andrews and walking a couple of hundred yards to the first tee at the Old Course. The entire town lives and breathes Golf, it is an experience I will never forget.
  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Dwight
    on October 21st, 2009 17:37
    I played it in August 2009. During that round, the sun shone for 8 holes, it poured, really pelted down for 3 and was perfect for the rest of the round. It is more difficult than it appears on the tv with rolling fairways, bunkers tucked away in every conceivable location, beautiful, huge greens... I shall cherish this day forever.
  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Roger Young
    on July 30th, 2009 13:36
    Simply remarkable. The course invites and rewards a good shot and penalizes a poor one.

    It is a magical experience to play a shot from the turf. Never has golf been such fun.
  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by chris
    on July 10th, 2009 14:20
    My rating of 5 stars is for the experience of playing the "home of golf" How could anyone who loves the game ,its traditions and history not get a lump in their throat teeing off on the first hole, or trying to hit the perfect shot over the wall on the road hole, or crossing the Swillican Burn bridge. The quirkiness of its design is part of the charm because of its history. Worth every penny for me and a tick off my bucket list.
  • St Andrews - The Old Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Neil Fitzell
    on March 05th, 2009 04:16
    My favourite course in the whole world. I love every hole and every green.

    I played the couse in 2007 and hope to play it again.

    As Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have said,. Its their favourite course and to win the British Open there, is a dream come true.

    I give it a perfect rating, cause to me it is just that.

    I also like very much the other courses in St Andrews.

    But to me the Old Course is and will always be the greatest golf course in the world.

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