The Old Course Experience Tour
Home to the Open Championship 28 times, St Andrews is recognised all over the world as the golfing Mecca. It is every golfer’s dream to make the pilgrimage to play there and sample the atmosphere, beauty and true Scottish hospitality of this historic town. Traditionally, golfers enter a daily ballot for the hugely over-subscribed and highly coveted tee times and unfortunately, most are disappointed. However, through an exclusive commercial contract with The St Andrews Links Trust, The Old Course Experience guarantees tee-off times for overseas corporations and groups.
Programmes are offered between April and October each season featuring a choice of accommodation in St Andrews, transfers to and from your hotel to the golf courses each day, lunches in St Andrews Links Clubhouse and many other features to make your visit to the “Home of Golf” both a special and a memorable one. These programmes may be extended to include other championship courses and resorts in Scotland, England and Ireland.
Our Sample Hospitality Package (3 nights) includes:
One GUARANTEED round on the Old Course and one round on the New, Jubilee or Castle Championship courses
Accommodation in a choice of hotels,sharing a standard room
Full Scottish breakfast each morning
Lunches served each day in the Clubhouse restaurant
Three-course dinner in your hotel on one evening
Transfers each day from hotel to golf courses and return including full bag transfer service
Visit to the Driving Range
Souvenir group photograph taken on the first tee of the Old Course
A generous range of official souvenir merchandise
Dedicated Old Course Experience representative to co-ordinate your itinerary prior to arrival and availablility throughout your stay
THE OLD COURSE – 6721 yards – par 72
The "Old Lady" is unique among the world's great golf courses. From the nerve-racking 1st tee shot, you take up the challenge that has humbled so many of the world's top golfers. The Old Course is unique in that it owes little to the hand of man in its design and layout. The course has wide fairways with little elevation and is interrupted at intervals by huge double greens. There are only four single greens on the Old Course, the 1st, 9th, the famous 17th Road hole, and the Home hole, the 18th. To stand on the 1st tee immediately in front of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse is to stand on the most inviting fairway in the game of golf. This course is full of tradition and history with features such as the Swilken Burn, the Road hole and Hell bunker.
THE NEW COURSE – 6625 yards – par 71
The New Course has been in use now for over 100 years, and was named as such to differentiate it from the Old Course when it was opened in 1895 due to, somewhat unsurprisingly, increasing demand to play at St Andrews. Designed by Tom Morris and opened in 1985, this undulating par 71 is said to require an incredibly high degree of accuracy as many of the superb fairways are linked by deep rough. With the 60 bunkers dotted throughout this, even the most experienced of golfers can find themselves in trouble after the slightest lapse in concentration. If not for the proximity of its famous neighbour, surely many major events would have been fought out over the oldest New Course in the world.
THE JUBILEE COURSE – 6742 yards – par 72
Opened in 1897, this breathtaking course was named in honour of and to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. After being lengthened from a 12 to an 18 hole course in 1905, it more recently underwent a huge design re-structuring, although kept its characteristic shape due to its fragile position between the New Course and the sea. It remains, what many consider to be, the toughest Course in St Andrews, with the most hardened of golfers battling against the tough coastal elements to keep the ball in play.
THE CASTLE COURSE – 7200 yards – par 72
With some memorable golfing challenges, interspersed with some of the most beautiful views of the serene town of St Andrews, The Castle Course was opened in 2008 and is the first new tournament standard golf course to be built in St Andrews in roughly 100 years.
This cliff-top thriller is a David McLay Kidd masterpiece and offers noteworthy tee shots, some from 80 feet above the crashing waves of St Andrews bay. Kidd has incorporated five sets of tees, wider fairways and larger greens to compensate for the exposed nature of the cliff-top site making this a hole to remember.
CARNOUSTIE CHAMPIONSHIP LINKS - 6941 yards - par 72
A truly classic links course, Carnoustie has played host to no less than seven Open Championships since 1931, most recently in 2007. As one of the oldest courses in the world, it has been the stage for many great golfers to tantalise and delight us, but Ben Hogan’s memorable 1953 performance has held the closest association with the course. In 2003 the sixth hole was officially named ‘Hogan’s Alley’ to commemorate the outstanding way in which he negotiated the perilous par 5, during his famous victory. With a muddled cocktail of gales, thick rough and devilish bunkers, it has earned its reputation as one of the most challenging courses in Britain.
KINGSBARNS LINKS - 7133 yards - par 72
Only six miles from St Andrews, this vibrant course sprawls along the savage Fife coast near the charming village of Kingsbarns. Designed by American Kyle Philips the course is one of three hosting the annual Dunhill Links Championship. For more than half the holes, the sea is directly in the golfer’s active frame of play. Spacious fairways rolling and twisting through dune ridges and hollows and large inviting greens make this the ultimate links experience.
Kingsbarns was chosen as a venue for the Dunhill Links Championship, joining with its more established neighbours; the legendary Carnoustie and the Old Course at St Andrews. With their contours reflecting the topography of surrounding landforms, the greens at Kingsbarns have become ingrained as a unique part of the course and can be intuited from considerable distance. This is important due to the meaning of the links-style green contours, for example, aggressive driving lines are rewarded with angles into contours that are favourable, and gather balls to green centres. Golfing aside, a warm welcome awaits all golfers to Kingsbarns Golf Links and the surrounding villages.
The Old Course Hotel - 5 Red* Hotel
Located alongside the fairway of the hallowed 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the world famous Old Course, the hotel gives spectacular panoramic views over all the links courses with the Royal & Ancient Clubhouse sitting majestically in the background.
Spa Facilities: large indoor pool, a state-of the-art gym with cardio-theatre stations, steam rooms, fitness studio and a thermal suite featuring hydrotherapy pool, light therapy sauna, Japanese salt steam room, plunge pool and a whirlpool.
The Fairmont St Andrews - 5* Hotel
Positioned on the summit of a spectacular cliff formation, the hotel and its two championship golf courses have breathtaking panoramic views of the River Tay estuary, the North Sea and the medieval skyline of St Andrews. A regular, complimentary shuttle bus service is provided by the hotel to take guests to and from the town of St Andrews which is about ten minuites drive away.
Spa Facilities: One of Scotland’s largest Spa with 12 treatment rooms offering a range of treatments include locally-themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies featuring exclusive Kerstin Florian products.
Rusacks Hotel - 4* Hotel
This hotel is uniquely situated in an enviable position with the most stunning view over the first tee and eighteenth green of the Old Course, the ‘Home of Golf’. This attractive Victorian property opened in 1887 and previous guests have included many of the golfing greats.
Old Course Experience Hospitality Price Guide
Price per person and includes VAT
*A supplement of £55 per golfer will apply for programmees including the Castle Course instead of the New or Jubilee Courses.
Golfers playing the Old Course must be in possession of a valid handicap certificate showing a handicap of 24 or less for men and 36 or less for ladies & bookings must be for a minimum of two golfers.