St. Andrews Links - Balgove Course
Fun for a casual walk
Having been to St. Andrews a few times prior, this was the first opportunity I had to visit the Balgove Course. It's a very basic and flat 9-hole course with holes between 100 and 300 yards. It's fun to see all the juniors and families out there. After 18 on the Jubilee, we brought three clubs here to keep it interesting. The layout doesn't really have a memorable hole, they are all straightforward and designed for beginners with accessible greens. But the turf quality was just as good as the rest of the courses.
There is a little starter shed that is near the Eden Clubhouse which has more amenities. If you're in the area with your family and they'd like something more than the Himalayas and don't want to hit balls at the Academy, head to Balgove.
Enjoyable Afternoon Alternative
Walked over to the Balgove from the Rusacks after playing the Jubilee Course in the morning. What a great place for a leisurely 9-hole round with the kids or a 3-club challenge to settle bets with your buddies. The layout is very flat, so it would be interesting to see a bit more character, especially something that is more indicative of all the great shots you’ll encounter at the rest of the Links Trust courses. That said, we had a lot of fun and hit the Old Course Hotel for a pint on the walk back to town.