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St. Andrews & Fife
Since golf was first played in the 15th century St Andrews has long since been regarded as its home and a mecca for lovers and players of this great and ancient game. The town has a bizarre feel to it which you cant help but love, its unique in the sense that its dominated by golf and everyone either plays, understands, or at the very least respects the game. I can't think of many places where you could walk into a restaurant with a set of golf clubs and nobody bat an eyelid, but St Andrews is one of them! The town is also famous for its historic university (the oldest in Scotland) and St Andrews Cathedral, which was Scotland’s largest cathedral and most magnificent church. 
 
Featured Courses
The Old Course
The home of golf and a piece of history, The Old Course is on everyones bucket list. It may not be exactly what you expect from one of the highest ranking golf courses in the world, but its the subtle details that you might only realise after playing it a few times that make it so great (and of course its history).  Its comfortably the easiest Open Championship course on the current rota, so if the winds not too stiff you stand a chance of shooting your handicap!
 
 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking - 2nd
Kingsbarns
 
Although the modern course we're familiar with today at Kingsbarns only opened in 2000, it seems so mature and natural you would think its been there for a century. Its rippling fairways, dunes, humps and hollows make perfect links playing conditions; pair this with gorgeous views of the North Sea and you have on of the finest links courses in Great Britain.

 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 15th
Carnoustie
 
The Championship course at Carnoustie is arguably the toughest yet fairest of all Open venues (close with Birkdale), the daunting 5 hole closing stretch is one of the most troublesome in the world with the Barry Burn claiming victims of the highest calibre. This is the scene of one of the most famously tragic collapses in sporting history, where Jean Van de Velde got stuck in the Barry Burn on the 72nd hole of The Open, costing him the Claret Jug.


Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 5th
The Castle Course


The newest of the St Andrews Links courses, the Castle course has very dramatic greens and dune structures. Set on a cliff-top you get spectacular views over St Andrews, offering a very memorable golfing experience.

 
 
 
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 84th
The New Course
The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris in 1895 and it was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour.
Course Style- Links
​2019 UK & Ireland ranking- 65th
The Jubilee Course
The third oldest course at St Andrews, it is a lot more "normal" than the Old & New in the respect that it has no shared fairways and greens. It is played in an out and back fashion like the other St Andrews courses and navigates through some small sand dunes. The Jubilee has a good variety of holes and is a lot of peoples favourite out of all the St Andrews Links courses; its definitely worth playing. 
Course style- Links
Lundin
Founded in 1868, the course used to be shared with Leven. Then in 1909 the course was divided in half, with Lundin & Leven each taking 9 holes. Both clubs acquired more land and James Braid was brought in to design the new holes at Lundin. There are many memorable holes on this course,  but one in particular stuck in the mind of C.B. Macdonald- he copied the short par 4 16th and incorporated into his design of the National Golf Links of America, making a replica of it for the 17th hole there.
Course Style- Links
Leven Links
Another hidden gem overshadowed by its famous neighbours in St Andrews. Local conditions of winds and tides over thousands of years have led to the formation of a series of ridges running parallel to each other, giving it a unique signature. They provide superb definition and a true test of links golf as the slopes and bounces off these natural obstacles come into play throughout the round.
Course style- Links
Fairmont (Torrance)

The Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews, set out on spectacular cliffs overlooking St Andrews, is a great test of golf thats also very pleasing on the eye. It was a qualifying venue for the 2010 Open Championship and has hosted numerous prestigious tournaments. Designed by former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance, it is best known for its large, undulating greens and classic Scottish revetted bunker complexes. It opened for play in 2001 and has matured into a traditional hard-running links.

Course Style- Links

Course rankings according to Golf Monthly's "Top 100 golf courses in UK & Ireland 2019/20"
Off the course...
 
Kingbarns Distillery
 
Visit Kingsbarns 5-star distillery and visitor centre in the East Neuk of Fife for whisky and gin tours, tastings and delicious local food. They have 3 types of whisky distillery tours suitable for all levels of whisky interest. They are now also running tours of the new Darnley's Gin Distillery if you aren't too fond of whisky. 
British Golf Museum

From the 16th century to the present day, the whole history of the great game is explored under one roof. Discover the equipment, personalities and prizes of our much loved sport. Brought to life with hands on activities, interactives and modern interpretation, this is a must see attraction. 
St Andrews Cathedral

​Explore the remains of Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church. Even in its ruinous state, the cathedral remains a prominent landmark highly visible from the sea. Make sure to pay respects to the great golfer and father of modern green keeping, Old Tom Morris, who's buried here. 
Featured accommodation 
 
Macdonald Rusacks
Providing elegance, comfort and an ambience of sporting history, rooms at The Macdonald Rusacks hotel are themed around the greats of many golfing eras. It also conveniently overlooks the 1st and 18th holes of The Old Course, so you can walk straight from breakfast onto the 1st tee.
Old Course Hotel
 
Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses and the West Sands Beach. This prestigious AA Five Red Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews.
Fairmont St Andrews
 
 
The 520 acre five star Fairmont St Andrews resort encapsulates luxury, elegance and truly breathtaking surroundings in the ‘Home of Golf’.  A truly unique and special venue that makes your visit one to remember, with its lavish and stunning surroundings, peaceful setting and stunning cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea. The resort offers top notch spa facilities and excellent dining experiences for every palette. Located 2 miles outside St Andrews, the hotel runs a complementary shuttle service into town. 
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