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The Home of Golf

where it all began

The Hell Bunker in St Andrews
  • A bold attempt to get out of the famous Hell Bunker, on the 17th hole of the Old Course. 
St Andrews is world renown as The Home of Golf. The game was first played here in the 15th century.
At the time, the St Andrews golf courses were used for all kinds of activities – from football to livestock grazing. Still today, they remain open to the public. The Old Course even closes every Sunday, so locals and visitors can enjoy a walk on the legendary fairways.
 
Since 1873, the Old Course has hosted 29 Open Championships and will host its 30th Open in 2022. The history and the beauty of this town attract over 650 000 visitors each year and visiting The Home of Golf is a must-do for every golfer.
“St Andrews by far is my favorite golf course in the world. It’s where the game all started, it’s why we have 18 holes instead of 22 and I think the history behind St Andrews is amazing.”

Tiger Woods

The St Andrews Links
The Old Course is the most famous course of the Home of Golf, but did you know that there are five other courses around it?
Together, they’re called The Links and they include the New Course (established in 1895, so only relatively new!), the Jubilee (1897), the Eden (1914), the Strathtyrum (1993) and Balgove. A seventh, the Castle Course, was built in 2008 in a spectacular coastal setting to the south of the town.
 
We talk about all the courses in the area on our Golf Courses page, just check it out!
Phil Mickelson - St Andrews The Open

a historical town

St Andrews University
The University

St Andrews is know for having the oldest golf course, but the town also has Scotland’s oldest university, and Britain’s third-oldest. The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413! Many famous names graduated at this university and the future king and queen of the UK are among them!

Château de St Andrews
The Castle

Originally, the castle was the home of the Bishops and Archbishops of St Andrews. But it later became a prison and a fortress. You can visit it today and go to its ‘Bottle Dungeon”, which is believed to have been one of the grimmest of Scotland’s many castle dungeons.

St Andrews cathedrale
The Cathedral

Built in 1158, it was the largest cathedral in Scotland. It was then destroyed in the 16th century and left as a ruin. Today, you can visit the remains of this magnificent cathedral and climb up the St Rule’s Tower, from where you get a stunning view over the town and the North Sea.

Experience the Home Of Golf

Walk on the steps of the Golfing Greats
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