If you play golf and simply don’t have the time to tee up every day on your visit or you’re fascinated by the game and want to enjoy it in some fashion, St. Andrews can accommodate you.
There are several places in St. Andrews where you can enjoy the golf lifestyle without playing on a regulation golf course.
Here are some options:
Conveniently located a 5-minute walk from the town center and across the street from The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, this well organized museum will immerse you in the history of golf. There are thousands of items detailing more than 500 years of history with exhibitions, hands on activities and extracts from the R&A’s film archive. You’ll see clubs, balls, clothing, trophies, medals, films, photographs, artwork and books on display. A Great experience for the entire family, the British Golf Museum is one of only nine museums to be awarded 5 star status by Visit Scotland.
Home to the St. Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club since 1867, this roller coaster-like course, adjacent to the Old Course, allows you to practice uphill, downhill and sidehill putts. All you need is a putter and a willingness to have fun. The course is open from April to the end of September (7 days a week) and there is a slight fee with discounts for senior citizens and under 16s.
Originally opened in 1866, the Tom Morris Golf Shop, facing the Old Course, is the oldest golf shop in the world. In addition to a wide selection of golf clothing, there’s a display area that celebrates the shop’s namesake, Tom Morris, the legendary four-time Open champion who is widely regarded as the father of the modern game. Among the items on display are his original workbench where he made golf clubs and balls, his locker where he stored his clubs and the fireplace he used to heat and shape gutta percha balls.
Staged on most days in July and August, the 50-minute guided tour of the Old Course is the next best thing to playing the celebrated course. Walks are scheduled for everyday of the week except Monday during July and August. There are also longer tours on Sundays, which last about three hours. Tours start at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the St. Andrews Links Golf Shop behind the 18th green of the Old Course. Longer tours start at 10 a.m. Contact the Links Trust at 44 (0)1334 466694 for tickets.
It’s one of golf’s most famous 19th holes. Set adjacent to the Old Course Hotel in an historic building that dates back to the 1850s, this traditional Scottish pub is brimming with golf memorabilia. It’s a great place to grab a pint and sit near an open-hearth fire and listen to golf stories from other patrons or spin a few yourself. When it’s time to dine, a golfer’s favorite is the Jigger Burger with Mull Cheddar, Ayshire Bacon and Fries.
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