The Old Course at St Andrews is the oldest golf course in the world. Golf was first played here in the 15th century, and it’s unique with large double greens. Each of the seven greens has two holes with the hole numbers adding up to 18. At the 18th hole, you get to walk over the 700-year-old bridge. Strangely, the direction of play doesn’t matter. Not only this but there is a 10 ft deep ‘Hell Bunker’ - definitely one to look out for!
Every five years, the Old Course hosts The Open. The handicap limits are 24 for men and 36 for ladies. All golfers must provide a current handicap card or certificate at the time of play. In addition to this, be aware that playing is part of a golf tour. Golf tours are usually for a minimum of four nights and will combine the Old Course play with others in St Andrews. It’s worth noting that the course doesn’t open on Sundays.
You can get a scorecard off the internet, and it’s best to request a caddie in advance. Also, trolleys are only taken on the afternoon and buggies are only for special circumstances. You can also hire clubs and other equipment, so if you’ve forgotten your stuff - you can still play! Finally, check out these ten things to know if you’re playing at the Old Course and these frequently asked questions.
The Old Pavilion is actually a new facility. It’s located next to the first tee of the Old Course. There are toilets and light refreshments. In addition to this, there is a bag drop facility and information desk.
The St Andrews Links Clubhouse and Swilcan Lounge offer lockers, showers and drying facilities. The Swilcan Lounge provides views of the course and great food, including breakfast and drinks. Not only this but free parking can be found on site.
Finally, to make the most out of your golfing trip, choose one of the St Andrews Hotel and Guest House Association's residences. For example, the Old Course Hotel and Spa offers a five-star experience. The Kohler Water Spa is not one to miss!