The Old Course at St Andrews is the most famous golf course in world golf and the Mecca to which every golfer aspires to make pilgrimage at least once in a golfing lifetime.
Here is to be found the spiritual home of the game. It is here that the ghosts of Old Tom Morris and Allan Robertson roam the ancient links and where the rules and standards that have set golf apart as the game of highest principle and personal integrity have long since been set down. The Old Course is the classic seaside links although the sea is seldom in view other than at the first and last holes. There are no great sand dunes as for instance at Royal Aberdeen, the fairways are wide and the double greens immense but the bunkering is among the severest to be found on a golf course anywhere the game is played. The bunkers, once described by Bernard Darwin as these greedy, lurking enemies, are the key to survival on this unique and mystical links.
Type of course: Links
Length: 6,609 yards (Men) 6,032 yards (Ladies)
Par/SSS: 72/72(Men) Par 76 (Ladies)
Opening Exceptions: Min handicap required: 24 Men, 36 Ladies