Located on the breathtaking and dramatic Fife peninsular, on Scotland’s east coast, St Andrews is the home of golf. The Old Course, St Andrews Links, is undoubtedly the most famous golf course in the world. With the iconic Swilken Bridge, the Road Hole, Hell Bunker, the Valley of Sin, and so many of golf’s greatest moments taking place on this hallowed ground, it’s a pilgrimage every devout golfer should take once in their life.
The beautiful town of St Andrews is the ideal setting for a Scottish golf vacation. Alongside the wonderful bars, restaurants, and endless character, the town is also surrounded by a series of famous and internationally renowned courses including Kingsbarns, Dumbarnie, and Open Championship venue Carnoustie, as well as St Andrews Links other spectacular courses, including the New Course and Jubilee Course.
“I could take out of my life everything except my experiences at St Andrews and I would still have a rich, full life.”Bobby Jones
Premier Golf can create your dream vacation to St Andrews. We have been arranging golf trips since 1988 and have an office in St Andrews, so there is a local team on hand well equipped to facilitate your trip. Our team has local knowledge and good relationships on the ground to ensure your trip meets all of your requirements.
St Andrews golf packages are highly sought after, with pre-booked tee times at the Old Course sold out through 2023. However there are a range of ways to get a tee time, or simply visit the hallowed ground as part of your trip.
St Andrews is the birthplace of golf and home to the oldest golf course in the world, which itself boasts the sport’s most iconic landmark, the Swilken Bridge. Having already hosted the Open Championship a grand total of 29 times, and with the iconic 150th edition of the event won by Cameron Smith having taken place there, the club continues to make golfing history, and also represents the future of the sport.
Although steeped in history, the course is not only favored for its historic significance, it is also celebrated for its beautiful views and exhilarating playing conditions. There are a variety of acclaimed courses at St Andrews, with each one of them having their own personality and unique elements.
St Andrews’ Old Course is the birthplace of the game itself and perhaps the most famous course across the globe. Home to the Hell Bunker, the Valley of Sin, and many other hidden bunkers and hazards, it is a truly unique course from which you can feel the history of golf coursing through its fairways.
The Jubilee Course is another one of St Andrews’ most acclaimed. The course has a good risk and reward ratio, and added difficulty from the sometimes fierce coastal wind creates an even more challenging experience. Considered by some to be the most difficult at St Andrews, The Jubilee Course is not for the faint hearted.
Often thought to be more difficult than the Old Course, the New Course is legendary in its own right. Laid out by golfing legend Tom Morris, it is one of golf’s most difficult challenges, and is a classic links golf experience. Its fairways, which were given form by newer dunes, have barely been smoothed, giving it a much less tamed feel than other courses at St Andrews.
With an 18 month waiting list, those looking to book a golf vacation may want to consider playing on some of Scotland’s other iconic courses, while visiting St Andrews and the Old Course as a non-playing visitor.
Because the Old Course is built on common land with public access, anyone has the opportunity to take a walk on the famous greens without a tee time. Why not play other great courses on Scotland’s east coast, but enjoy the atmosphere of the Old Course without teeing off?
Another one of Scotland’s most important clubs, Kingsbarns Links offers uninterrupted views of the rugged coastline from almost all points of the course. Although it is a newer course, what it lacks in history it makes up for in great playing conditions and an impeccable layout. It is rated among the top 50 golf courses in the world and has excellent facilities, including a driving range with complimentary balls.
This 350 acre links course lies within the huge Balcarres estate and features a series of holes just a short distance from the coast, making for unique and dramatic views as you play. Dumbarnie boasts a modern design by Clive Clark who incorporated a variety of elevated tee positions into the course. Although occasionally overlooked, this course is consistently favored by those who visit.
Carnoustie is another of Scotland’s golf courses that ranks among the world top 100. A huge coastal links course, it is considered the most difficult course in the United Kingdom and among the most formidable in the world. Hazards include over 100 bunkers, rough, ditches, and out-of-bounds areas, on top of exposing wind from the North Sea that make it one of the most demanding and exciting courses to play. Carnoustie is the perfect place for those looking to test their game with a real challenge.
With decades of experience planning and organizing golf vacations around the world, Premier Golf can help to plan your luxury golf trip to Scotland. We can tailor every element of your trip to your exact taste, and include any courses or hotels you are set on, while also recommending lesser-known gems. A St Andrews golf trip is often a once in a lifetime experience, and our representatives will guarantee every element of your trip goes smoothly from arrival to departure.
Take a look at some of our St Andrews golf packages below.