Scotland’s St Andrews is often referred to as the “Home of Golf”, having several courses for golf aficionados to choose from. But its most famous course is its oldest one. Every golf fanatic knows that golfing at the St. Andrew’s Old Course is a dream come true. That is why thousands of sport fans make their way to the Scotland to grab the golden opportunity of playing at this legendary golf course.
So what makes St. Andrew’s Old Course so special? For one, the course has a long and illustrious golfing history. The sport, which utilizes a healthy green piece of land, had been played in this place since the 15th century. This makes the Old Course the oldest of its kind in the world. Some of the greatest golf players have played in this course. The likes of Tom Morris, Seve Ballesteros, and Jack Nicklaus have all made it to St. Andrews’. To be playing on the same course as these great players is a tremendous privilege to many golfers.
Situated on North Sea sand dunes, the Old Course has a very difficult terrain, which challenges even the best golfers in the world. The Hell Bunker and Swilcan Bridge are just some of the hardest parts of the course known to many. This is one of the main reason why golfers are drawn to the challenge of mastering this course. But despite its iconic status, St. Andrew’s Old Course remains open to the public.
After securing a spot to play at this iconic course, there are important things to consider. First, you need to decide if you need a caddie. Take note that if you want invaluable advice and insight to conquering the Old Course, a caddie will definitely give you this. The Old Course is a Link Golfing course with 14 holes and plenty of space. If you want to conserve your energy for your actual swings, consider getting a trolley, which are available after 12 noon during the period of April through October.
Buggies are available on a limited bases and are only given to those with disabilities. Before the actual game, you may come earlier and do a little warm up at the practice putting area. Course Rangers are placed on the Links to help out golfers and ensure a safe and comfortable play experience.
St. Andrew’s has 10 other courses also open to the public. But because of the great demand, it is very important to make reservations way in advance. Booking can be done online by visiting the organization’s official website.
St. Andrews also maintains the Links Clubhouse equipped with locker rooms, toilets, showers and drying facilities. It also houses the Swilcan Restaurant, where you can enjoy a nice meal and drinks after a game. This splendid restaurant also commands a beautiful view of the Old Course.
For your shopping needs, the Club House also has a shop, which sells a wide range of golfing gear and apparels If you think your golfing skills are not up to the standards to play at the Old Course; you can use the facilities’ practice center to practice. The nearby Gold Academy also offers a preparatory lesson on Links golfing.