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Play Golf at St Andrews

St Andrews Royal and Ancient Golf Club (R&A) has been the international governing body of golf since 1754, when a meeting of 22 of the local gentry founded the Society of St Andrews Golfers, being 'admirers of the ancient and healthful exercise of golf.'
 
The game itself has been played here since the 15th century. These early days were instrumental as establishing Scotland as the home of golf, for the rules were distinguished from those of the French game by the fact that participants had to manoeuvre the ball into a hole, rather than hit an above ground target.
 
It was not without its opponents however - particularly James II, who in 1457, banned his subjects from playing since it was distracting them from archery practice.
 
The approach to St Andrews from the west runs adjacent to the famous Old Course, one of seven courses in the immediate vicinity of the town. The R&A's strictly private clubhouse, a stolid, square building dating from 1854, is at the eastern end of the Old Course overlooking both the 18th green and the long stand of the West Sands. The British Open Championship was first held here in 1873, having ben inaugurated in 1860 at Prestwick in Ayrshire, and since then it has been held at St Andrews regularly, pulling in enormous crowds.
 
Pictures of golfing greats from Tom Morris to Tiger Woods, along with clubs and a variety of memorabilia donated by famous players, are displayed in the admirable British Golf Museum on Bruce Embankment, along the waterfront below the clubhouse. 
 
Where to Play
It's possible to play any of the town's courses, ranging from the nine-hole Balgove course, to the venerated Old Course itself - though for the latter you'll need a valid handicap certificate and must enter a daily ballot for tee times. The St Andrews Links Trust looks after all the courses in the town, and prices and times are explained by a visit to their clubhouse, located alongside the fairway of the first hole of the Old Course. 
 
Arguably the best golfing experience in St Andrews is the Himalayas, a fantastically lumpy eighteen hole putting course in an ideal setting next to the Old Course and the sea. 

St Andrew's Golf Course Address:
Links Clubhouse
West Sands Road
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9XL
Scotland, UK
 
St Andrew's Golf Course Opening Times:
Throughout the year. Please phone for details.
 
St Andrew's Golf Course Admission:
Admissionvaries depending opn which course you wish to try. Please contact St. Andrew's for details.

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For booking the courses, contact the Reservations Manager

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Other enquiries about St Andrews Links, including the summertime Guided Walks on the Old Course   

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