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The 12th tee (bottom) is just 75 yards behind the "Admiral's Bunker," which was in play on St. Andrews' reversed routing.
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St. Andrews is one of the most coveted golf destinations in the world, but it can be enjoyed on a budget, too. Brandon Tucker offers value tips to the Home of Golf.
One of the greatest thrills in golf is taking a journey to St. Andrews and playing a round on the Old Course. The palpable aura of the game rooted on such hallowed ground, the memories of watching so many of golf’s greatest players traverse the Swilcan Bridge en route to claiming their Open Championship victory, the wonderful passing parade of people, and the history, architecture, and vibe of this historic university town make a visit to the “Auld Grey Toon” a required pilgrimage for every golf enthusiast.
The Old Course is open to the public on most days, and it costs about the same as a round at any PGA Tour venue open to the public. Here's how to get a tee time.
From St. Andrews to the Highlands, the Golf Advisor Staff shares their ideal weeklong itineraries in Scotland.
Visiting St. Andrews turns any golfer into a giddy 12-year-old kid all over again. Here are 10 experiences every golfer should seek out in the Home of Golf.
About 40,000 courses around the world have been built since the Old Course at St. Andrews was laid out over 600 years ago. But despite all the game's advances in design and technology, many of the world's best players call the Old the best out there. Brandon Tucker offers 10 unique reasons why.
Of all the ultimate itineraries we’ve put together, none is as exhilarating and rewarding for a true golf lover as our trip to Scotland. Scotland is the Home of Golf, where the game has been played for five centuries and where it is woven into the very fabric of life. Those who make a pilgrimage to Scotland achieve a spirit of unity with all golfers who have ever trod the links.
Considering St. Andrews Scotland golf vacations? Besides the Old Course, there are a bunch of "must play" layouts less than 30 minutes away.
The link between St. Andrews and Pinehurst is strong, beginning with Donald Ross, who came to Pinehurst in 1900 after studying under Old Tom Morris in St. Andrews, and stayed until his death in 1948. The two spots are both among the game's most coveted destinations for the majors they host, and their pure golf atmosphere is impossible to duplicate. It's a friendly rivalry, of course, but it's time for a showdown: Scotland's "Home of Golf" vs. the United States' most worthy contender.
Will Gray got the full Old Course experience in St. Andrews by waiting overnight at the Links Trust pavilion to get a walk-on tee time. Here's how he did it, and what you need to know.
So you didn't make the Old Course ballot this time around. That's why groups often book three or four days in St. Andrews alone. But if you don't want to play the waiting game, it's a near certainty you can still play golf even if you didn't book weeks in advance. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife have one of the richest pockets of links golf anywhere.
Golf Channel's Mike Ritz, the lead voice for European Tour coverage, recently took three friends on a trip of a lifetime: six of the top links courses in Scotland in six days. Day two was a visit to St. Andrews.
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Matt Ginella shares some tips on the various ways golfers can book a tee time or stay-and-play package at the Old Course in St. Andrews.
The Jubilee was the third links built at St. Andrews and lies between the New Course and West Sands Beach. It has changed the most since its inception of the Links Trust courses.
Alexandra O'Laughlin shares the great golf and more in and around Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh.
The Road Hole may be the world's most famous par 4. Alexandra O'Laughlin shows you how to play it in this edition of world's hardest holes.
Alexandra O'Laughlin gives the lowdown on the many golf courses you can play when you visit St. Andrews, Scotland.
The September 2018 issue of Golf Odyssey has been published and can be accessed here.
Join Matt Ginella as heads to Scotland and visits Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay and more historic links and attractions.
From Gleneagles to the Old Course, Matt Ginella explores Scotland's most iconic golf destination
Matt Ginella flies high at Turnberry, Machrihanish and Prestwick, the birth place of The Open.
Matt Ginella reveals his dream golf itinerary for Scotland.
The Castle Course is the newest of seven courses operated by the St. Andrews Links Trust. Get to know this scenic, modern links designed by David McLay Kidd.
Beyond the 54 holes in Carnoustie, there are many more great courses around Dundee and Angus. Brandon Tucker shares highlights from his trip during The Open, including Panmure, Monifieth, Montrose, Downfield and Arbroath.
Donald Trump's Trump International Golf Links Scotland has always been a controversial project. The latest news that the links is damaging protected dunes could have wide-ranging implications for links golf.
Alexandra O'Laughlin presents questions to Mike Tirico, Gary Player and Nick Faldo and more at The 147th Open at Carnoustie.
Carnoustie wasn't just good theatre, it provided a "teachable moment" for all of us. Brad Klein has his takeaways from what we saw out of the links at The 147th Open.
Carnoustie has an infamous reputation but its surrounding links showcase a different blend, full of scenery and value. Brandon Tucker reports on the links around Angus.
The New Course at St. Andrews dates back to the 19th century. Check out this true links designed by Old Tom Morris that is a strong second option to the Old Course.
One of seven courses managed by the St. Andrews Links Trust, the Eden is an H.S. Colt design with some nice estuary scenery and challenging greens.
Nobody comes to Carnoustie for the views. Bradley S. Klein on what makes this infamous test, site of the 2018 Open Championship, so demanding to the game's best players.
Is your "Dream Job" to play 14 courses in Scotland in 14 days? Visit Scotland is offering that chance to one lucky winner. One caveat - you must product video and social media content during your stay, a small price to pay for the opportunity of a lifetime.
Go Down Swinging: The '99 Open at Carnoustie" delves into one of the must brutal and strange major championships of all time. It it worth your time to watch?
What does Coul Links, the new development by Mike Keiser in Scotland's Highlands, mean for golfers? Jason Deegan examines the impact.
There isn't just one X-factor that makes St. Andrews such a special golf destination. Brandon Tucker breaks down why it's such a fulfilling trip and what destinations in North America offer a taste of it.
The R&A announced the 2021 Open Championship is headed back to the event's most popular venue, the Old Course in St. Andrews.
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