St Andrews is known the world over as ‘the home of golf’. The iconic Old Course is the oldest course in the world, dating back to 1552 when Archbishop John Hamilton signed the ‘Golfer’s Charter’ which recognised the right of the townspeople to play golf, shooting, and all games on the Links. The game grew in popularity over the course of the nineteenth century, and the town proudly boasts the ‘Grand Old Man of Golf’, Old Tom Morris, as one of its own. The golfing buzz continues to the present day: the seven Links courses attract tourists from across the globe, and the town hosts major championships, most recently The 150th Open. Even if you are not a golfer yourself, here at Premier Stays we encourage all those staying in our properties to embrace the golfing heritage of the town… here are a few of our best ideas!
Perched on the edge of the town next to The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse, the R&A Museum has a wealth of fascinating objects in six interactive zones that bring golfing stories and personalities, both past and present, to life. The perfect way to spend a morning — you’ll leave brimming with interesting facts to share with family and friends!
Having been inspired by the golfing greats who have played the St Andrews Links courses on your museum trip, we’re sure that you’ll be itching to give the game a go yourself! Just a ten minute walk from the centre of town, the The Himalayas nine-hole putting course is open daily from April to October. Challenging, competitive, and, above all, fun, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Tee times can be booked online.
Following in the footsteps of some of the most well-known golfers, all residents of and visitors to the town can walk the hallowed route of the Old Course on Sundays. With beautiful views along the West Sands and back across the ‘auld grey toun’, this really is a walk to remember. Why not stop at the iconic Swilcan Bridge and take a photo that will remind you of your holiday in St Andrews
Founded by the Open champion Willie Auchterlonie in 1895, and one of the oldest golf shops in town, Auchterlonies is well worth a visit if you are an avid golfer looking for equipment or clothing. The shop stocks Callaway, Footjoy, Titleist, TaylorMade, Ping and Galvin Green and many other world-leading brands.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the 18th hole of the iconic Old Course, the Dunvegan is THE place where golfers head for a drink. You’ll be immersed in the golfing heritage of the town — from ceiling to floor, the bar is covered with memorabilia and photographs of famous golfers. Enjoy a pint or two with friends whilst reminiscing about your day in the ‘home of golf’.
To round off your golf-themed day, we’d highly recommend 18 at Rusacks, St Andrews for a special evening meal. This top floor restaurant has unparalleled views over the Old Course and out along the West Sands. It’s a simply breathtaking place to enjoy an evening meal. The food is also exquisite, with an emphasis on Scottish provenance, sustainability and seasonality. A culinary experience that you’ll never forget.
In the warmer months, the Rock & Spindle situated just out of town at the Castle Course is another excellent location for a drink. Soak up the panoramic views back over St Andrews Bay whilst enjoying local ales and whiskeys, or even a cocktail.
We couldn’t finish without mentioning the seven Links courses that St Andrews boasts: the Old, the New, the Strathtyrum, the Jubilee, the Eden, the Castle, and the Balgove. The courses are all beautifully kept, with each having its own challenges and personality. St Andrews really is the perfect place for a luxury golfing holiday. There are also a wealth of other courses in the local area which are well worth a try up at the Fairmont Hotel, situated just outside St Andrews, and along the coast at Kingsbarns and Elie. So much choice!
Feeling inspired to immerse yourself in the vibrant golfing sites and culture of St Andrews? Why not check out our availability for 2023.