EXPLORE ST ANDREWS

The oldest golf course in the world. 29 Open Championships. A dozen other historic links courses.

EXPLORE ST ANDREWS

The oldest golf course in the world. 29 Open Championships. A dozen other historic links courses.

ST ANDREWS & THE KINGDOM OF FIFE

The dawn of the game of golf... The Old Course, The New Course, Carnoustie, Crail, Jubilee, Elie, Gleneagles, Scotscraig & Lundin Links

Golf developed along the east coast of Scotland in the 15th century, and the Rules of Golf were laid down in 1744. Check out the British Golf Museum to learn how the sport evolved and flourished despite opposition from a succession of Scottish kings. Getting a tee time across the street at the Old Course, the world’s most famous golf course, requires patience, luck and no worse than a 24-handicap. If a guaranteed Old Course tee time package is a bit to salty for your taste, your next best bet is to enter the Daily Ballot, the results of which are posted two days prior. Singles and two balls can also queue up in the morning to join groups of two or three, however, the lines often start the night before, so be prepared to camp out if it's a bucket list thing.

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VACATION IDEAS

5 Nights / 5 Rounds w/ Old Course Ballot
5 Nights / 5 Rounds / From $1,570 USD pp

Stay in the heart of St Andrews and play The Old Course (via Ballot), Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Crail & Lundin Links

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TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights at The Ardgowan Hotel in the heart of St Andrews
  • 5 rounds at The Old Course (via Ballot, fee not included), Kingsbarns GL, Carnoustie GL, Crail Balcomie Links & Lundin Links
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges
Historic Links Trail in The Home of Golf
6 Nights / 6 Rounds / From $2,030 USD pp

Combine staying in the historic Macdonald Rusacks Hotel with playing nothing but 19th century links courses and you've got a winning Bucket List vacation.

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TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel overlooking the 18th hole of The Old Course
  • 6 rounds at The Old Course (via Ballot, fee not included), Jubilee Course, Golf House Club Elie, Crail Balcomie Links, Lundin Links & The New Course
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges
Gleneagles Resort Stay & Play
5 Nights / 5 Rounds / From $2,890 USD pp

Stay at the iconic 5 Star Gleneagles Resort and play a Bucket List selection of golf courses, including The Old Course (via Ballot), Carnoustie & Kingsbarns

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TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights at the luxury 5 Star Gleneagles Resort Hotel
  • 5 rounds of golf at The Old Course (via Ballot, fee not included), Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Dumbarnie Links & The Kings Course
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges
Guaranteed Old Course Tee Time Package
5 Nights / 5 Rounds / From $4,915 USD pp

Play The Old Course (guaranteed) along with The New Course, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns & The Castle Course.

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TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights at The Ardgowan Hotel in the heart of St Andrews
  • 5 rounds of golf including a guaranteed tee time at The Old Course, Carnoustie GL, Kingsbarns GL, The New Course & The Castle Course
  • Private chauffeured coach transfers to and from airport, hotel & all golf courses
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Welcome pack & gifts upon arrival
  • In-country representation
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges

Not quite what you're looking for? Let us tailor your personal golf vacation!

GREAT

VACATION IDEAS

5 Nights / 5 Rounds w/ Old Course Ballot
5 Nights / 5 Rounds / From $1,570 USD pp

Stay in the heart of St Andrews and play The Old Course (via Ballot), Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Crail & Lundin Links

MORE

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights at The Ardgowan Hotel in the heart of St Andrews
  • 5 rounds at The Old Course (via Ballot, fee not included), Kingsbarns GL, Carnoustie GL, Crail Balcomie Links & Lundin Links
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges
Historic Links Trail in The Home of Golf
6 Nights / 6 Rounds / From $2,030 USD pp

Combine staying in the historic Macdonald Rusacks Hotel with playing nothing but 19th century links courses and you've got a winning Bucket List vacation.

MORE

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights at the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel overlooking the 18th hole of The Old Course
  • 6 rounds at The Old Course (via Ballot, fee not included), Jubilee Course, Golf House Club Elie, Crail Balcomie Links, Lundin Links & The New Course
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges
Gleneagles Resort Stay & Play
5 Nights / 5 Rounds / From $2,890 USD pp

Stay in the heart of St Andrews and play The Old Course (via Ballot), Kingsbarns, Carnoustie, Crail & Lundin Links

MORE

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights at the luxury 5 Star Gleneagles Resort Hotel
  • 5 rounds of golf at The Old Course (via Ballot, fee not included), Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, Dumbarnie Links & The Kings Course
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Self-drive automatic rental vehicle
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges
Guaranteed Old Course Tee Time Package
5 Nights / 5 Rounds / From $4,915 USD pp

Play The Old Course (guaranteed) along with The New Course, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns & The Castle Course.

MORE

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • 5 nights at The Ardgowan Hotel in the heart of St Andrews
  • 5 rounds of golf including a guaranteed tee time at The Old Course, Carnoustie GL, Kingsbarns GL, The New Course & The Castle Course
  • Private chauffeured coach transfers to and from airport, hotel & all golf courses
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning
  • Welcome pack & gifts upon arrival
  • In-country representation
  • Price includes all taxes and surcharges

Not quite what you're looking for? Let us tailor your personal golf vacation!

ST ANDREWS COURSES

ST ANDREWS LODGING

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THE AREA

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND

St Andrews is a beautiful Scottish town on the coast of Fife and is almost as famous for it's golf as it is for The University of St Andrews, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate) attended college and first met. The University is the 3rd oldest in the English speaking world and is ranked right behind Oxford and Cambridge as the best in the UK. Oh, and then there's the golf... The St Andrews Links Trust oversees 7 courses in town, including The Old Course. And there are at least a dozen more courses within a 20 minute drive that are "must-plays" when you are vacationing here. So, don't just focus on The Old Course, enjoy your trip to St Andrews and what the entire Kingdom of Fife has to offer.

THE WEATHER

HOW TO PLAY THE OLD COURSE

HOW TO PLAY THE OLD COURSE

The St Andrews Links Trust (the organization that oversees and operates all St Andrews courses) has very specific ways that you can acquire an Old Course tee time. Anyone wishing to play may do any of the following:
  • Apply for a tee time each September in the Ballot drawing for the following year. You would normally request any day and time during the week you wish to be in St Andrews
  • Apply in January for any tee times from the September ballot that were not claimed.
  • Book a guaranteed Old Course golf package through a golf tour company. This package will have set dates, set times, set courses and set lodging. We have to follow strict rules set by the Links Trust in order to offer guarenteed Old Course packages. These packages are expensive due of supply and demand and because the Links Trust charges a premium to tour companies for Old Course times. They typically run from $4,500.00 USD to $7,000.00 USD and typically include 5 nights and 5 rounds.
  • Apply for the Daily Ballot once you are in St Andrews. These ballots are drawn two days in advance, and as an example, you would apply for a time on a Monday for a Wednesday tee time. If you’re not drawn, you apply the next day for a time. And so on until your name is drawn.
  • If your name is not drawn and you haven’t played the Old Course yet, you have one more option. And that is get up early and stand in line at the Starters Building for an open slot on the Old Course that specific day.

If you don't want to spend the hefty sum for a trip with a guaranteed time on The Old Course, you chances of success are still very high if you take advantage of the many other options available and you allow us to help throughout the process.