A Review of the "Old Course"
Since I didn't play the course here is the words of an avid golfer:
"The Old Course at St. Andrews is a classic "out and back" links course. With few exceptions you play out in one direction and play back in the opposite. Standing on the first tee the course doesn't look like much and you're left wondering what all the fuss is about. There are no trees, no hills and everything looks quite flat and uninteresting. (There's even a road that runs right across the first fairway!) Don't let all this fool you. It can be a tiger. Links courses play entirely differently than parkland courses or for that matter just about any other kind of course. Don't let its looks lull you into complacency.
To play the old course you must make reservations at least a year in advance, and during the busy summer it costs 130 pounds. There are 5 other courses that are less expensive in and around St. Andrews to enjoy if you can't enjoy the "Old Course".
To book the old course use the website address listed below.
The Royal & Ancient Golf Club
In Scotland St. Andrews is synnonim for golf. Golf has been played on St. Andrews Links since around 1400. On 14 May 1754, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club was founded by 22 noblemen, professors and landowners, and became the foremost golf club in the world. In 1834 King William IV became the society's patron. A new Course was built at St. Andrews in 1895. An Act of Parliament in 1974 created the St. Andrews Links Trust, ensuring the continued running of the Links as public courses open to anyone.
St Andrews University
St Andrews University is the oldest in Scotland and the third oldest in the UK.
It has long since been a centre of learning excellence nad research. it has a good reputation with students.
Various faculties of the university are dotted around the town.
"Dedicated to Golf lovers"
I must admit that I don't know too much about golf, just that, as far as I know, this the "home of the golf", and the British Open take place here not every year, but quite often. The most famous course is the Old Course.
Enjoy your stay.
North street is the most importnat in St. Andrews.
St Andrews, Scotland
"St Andrews Cathedral"
The ruins of the Cathedral of St Andrews remains to this day to be the largest ecclesiastical building ever to be erected in Scotland. A museum houses a collection of early Christian and medieval monuments and items found on the site. To find the Cathedral, just follow which ever road you have used to enter St Andrews and follow it to the end. They all lead to here!
St Andrews is, of course, synonymous with Scotland’s patron saint. St Andrew converted the wife of a roman governor of Greece. The governor was so furious of his wife’s conversion that he had Andrew crucified. Andrew asked to be tied to an X shaped cross so as not to emulate Jesus – thus giving the Scottish flag its distinctive Saltire Cross.
A monk called Rule who lived in Greece was reputedly divinely inspired to take some of the Apostles’ bones and make a journey to the west. He ended up shipwrecked at St Andrews and enshrined the sacred relics where the ruin of the 12th century Cathedral now stands.
The Romanesque St Rules Tower, to the right of the picture, was built to hold the holy relics until the Cathedral was completed. It is possible to climb this Tower to the top for a fine view of the surrounding area. You can purchase a coin for entry from the museum.
Opening times: -
Apr – Sep Daily 09.30 – 18.30
Oct – Mar Mon – Sat 09.30 – 16.30
Sunday 14.00 – 16.30
Tele: - 01334 472563
"St Andrews Castle"
The 12th century Castle of St Andrews, poised on a rocky headland overhanging the sea, was the place and stronghold of the Bishops of St Andrews. It fell into dis-repair in the 17th century. The timetable for visits is the same as the Cathedral.
Picure of the Castle as it originally stood.
"St Andrews University"
The University of St Andrews, founded in 1410 by Henry Wardlaw, Bishop of St Andrews, is the third oldest in Britain after Oxford and Cambridge. It is spread along North Street, this building below being only a small part of it. It recently gained notoriety with the arrival of one William Windsor, Prince and heir to the throne of England.
.Shield detail foudn above the entrance to the front door of St Andrews University
This ruin is a chapel projecting from the north end of a church that was originally run by Dominican Friars ((generally known as Blackfriars because of the colour of their robes.
This place can be found in the street of West Port.
"Scottish deer centre"
If you have kids, or just want R & R during a days travel, then visit the Rankeilour Park Scottish deer centre, found on the A91, between Cupar and St Andrews. For a fee, (£4 per adult, I think), you can wander the grounds and view the deer while the kids can play in the adventure playground.
The centre has a reasonably priced tearoom, a couple of cloths shops and a butcher that sells local produce as well as venison.