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The Old Course, St Andrews






Royal Musselburgh

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18-hole Historic Courses Itinerary

St Andrews Old Course
The Old Course at St Andrews is the most famous golf course in world golf and the Mecca to which every golfer aspires to make pilgrimage at least once in a golfing lifetime.

Here is to be found the spiritual home of the game. This St Andrews golf course is the classic seaside links although the sea is seldom in view other than at the first and last holes. There are no great sand dunes as for instance at Royal Aberdeen, the fairways are wide and the double greens immense but the bunkering is among the severest to be found on a golf course anywhere the game is played. The bunkers, once described by Bernard Darwin as ‘these greedy, lurking enemies’, are the key to survival on this unique and mystical links. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Crail, Balcomie Links (Crail Balcomie)
The old Balcomie Links in the old burgh of Crail near St Andrews is one of Scotland’s finest golfing treasures.

There is great antiquity here. The Crail Golfing Society was founded in 1786, at a time when there were only six other golf clubs in existence anywhere in the world. Set in an exposed corner on the most easterly point of the Kingdom of Fife on a promontory known as Fife Ness, the present course remains much as it did after Old Tom Morris from St Andrews laid out the first nine holes in 1895 and then added a second nine four years later. Balcomie has many admirers from all over the world and when the Open Championship is at St Andrews it is not unusual to see the famous faces of the game’s greatest players taking on this delightful little course.
  • Address: Balcomie Clubhouse, Fifeness, Crail, Fife KY10 3XN
  • Tel: 01333 450686
  • Fax: 01333 450416
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  • Size: 18 Holes
  • Length: 5922
  • Type: Links
  • Par: 69
  • SSS:70
Situated just 15 minutes' drive from the town of St Andrews, Scotscraig is pleasant but testing course that's a mix of heathland and links.

It is used as a final qualifying venue when the Open Championship returns to the Old Course, St Andrews. Its inviting blend of heathland and links stems from the fact there are more trees than would normally be found on a links, although its relatively close proximity to the sea and rolling fairways ensures an enjoyable links experience. Scotscraig is known for its perfectly kept greens and all-round good condition thanks to an agreeable local climate. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Royal Musselburgh
Royal Musselburgh was founded in 1774 and was originally played over the famous nine-hole links course at Levenhall, Musselburgh.

In 1926 the move was made to Prestongrange House, Prestonpans. The golfing challenge comes on the homeward stretch where a series of par fours are well protected by trees. From the medal tee at the 15th, for example, which is huddled tight beside the trees to the left, only a precision drive will suffice in order to find the rolling fairway. From there a long iron is played over an uphill approach to a tilting green.

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