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Golf in the 'Home of Golf'

Are you looking to book a golfing holiday in the Home of Golf'?

Well we have a few ways to help make things easier for you, however should you require further assistance please do not hesitate in contacting the hotel 01334 472 451 or

St Andrews Links comprises six public courses, including the world famous Old Course, two clubhouses, a golf practice centre and three shops. A seventh course, The Castle Course, is situated a mile to the south east of the town and has its own clubhouse, shop and warm-up area.


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For golfers who have not managed to secure an Old Course tee time in advance, there is still an option to apply for one via the Ballot.

From Saturday 7th January 2012 the ballot will be drawn for Monday 9th January and will continue to be drawn two days ahead from then onwards instead of the day prior in previous years. The ballot will take place every day of the week with the exception of Friday as there is no play on the Old Course on Sundays.

To enter the ballot requires at least two golfers with their names, home golf clubs and handicaps (maximum of 24 for men and 36 for ladies). The deadline for entering the ballot is 2pm and the results are usually available by 4pm. Entries can be for the whole day (this gives the best chance) or for part of the day to suit travel plans. Handicap cards must be produced on the day of play and the names entered are the ones who are eligible to play, co changes are permitted.

The 2 day ballot will dovetail with the 1 day ahead booking system on the Castle, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses and will enable golfers who have been unsuccessful in the ballot to book an alternative course for the day they want to play.

Unfortunately the Ballot is not available for single players. The most common way for a single to play the Old Course is by going to the starter as early as possible in the morning. The starter will try to join the golfer with the first available two- or three-ball.



Old Course - 6721 yards par 72 - The Home of Golf where golf was first played 600 years ago. Handicap certificate required.

New Course - 6625 yards par 71 - Laid out by Old Tom Morris and opened in 1895. A classic links championship course which shares many features of the Old Course. No handicap limit.

Jubilee Course - 6742 yards par 72 - Another championship links course over 100 years old and venue for Amateur and Mid-Amateur Championships. No handicap limit.

Eden Course - 6250 yards par 70 - Opened in 1914 the Eden is a Harry S Colt classic partly modified by Donald Steel. No handicap limit.

Strathtyrum Course - 5620 yards par 69 - Shorter and less testing, the Strathtyrum is the best course for higher handicappers. No handicap limit.

Balgove Course - 1520 yards par 30 - Ideal for families and beginners, this is a nine hole course with tees, bunkers and a double green.

The Castle Course - 6759 yards par 71 - The seventh course at the Home of Golf. Stunning views from the cliff top site. No handicap limit.