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Old Course St Andrews Open 2022
St Andrews Old Course © Richard Falconer

St Andrews Old Course History Tour, for the golfer

From £14 per adult

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January — December

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These are 'bucket list' award-winning St Andrews tours with Richard Falconer; author, historian, guide and 1980s Pro A1 Old Course Caddie. Endorsed by famed Golf historian and legend David Joy, you will learn a great deal about golf in St Andrews.

Learn about the origins of both the game of golf, the rules and the Old Course in St Andrews through the 18th-20th century timeline with Richard Falconer - 1980s Pro A1 Old Course Caddie.

Up to 5 daily tours to choose from, 7 days a week:

April to September: 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm, 5:30pm

October to March: 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm

(Sundays through the year - Walk the Old Course fairway - excludes championship/tournament days)

Richard will sort out the muddle of how the Old Course became the first with 18 holes, about double greens, flags, the Old Course burial ground, red and white flags, rabbit wars and how an elephant was hit by a ball on the Old Course fairway. He will tell you about the surrounding buildings, including one that increased the popularity of golf in 1895, and the genius of Nike for the 2015 St Andrews Open Championship.

Hear a little about early golf pioneers Allan Robertson, Young and Old Tom Morris. About Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Rory Mcilroy, Sean Connery and Doreen Stubbs.

Find out what golf on the Old Course was like back in Richard's day and see his old caddy shack, plus the world's first golf shop and the world’s first putting green. Plus have a photo shoot on the most famous icons in golf - the Swilkan Bridge, followed by a few of Richard's 17th green golf championship highlights and further recommendations, before finishing your tour at the Old Course Jigger Inn, where you can have food/beverages by the 17th fairway (not included).

All this and a lot more packed into one golf-saturated hour!


Martyrs Monument

Golf Place

Old Course 18th Green

R & A Clubhouse

Old Course 1st Tee

First fairway with views out the West Sands

Granny Clarks Wynd

Rusacks Hotel

Swilkan Bridge

Old Course 17th Green

Tour finishes by the Old Course Hotel Jigger Inn

Tours not suitable for those with walking difficulties, especially with Zimmer’s, crutches.

Participants must have a good command of the English language.

Under 5s free but not suitable for those under 2 years of age.

Only guide dogs allowed.

Contact details

St Andrews Tours
All Golf Tours meet outside Hotel du Vin, 40 The Scores, KY16 9AS.
Ghost, History and Sightseeing Tours meet outside the Dolls House Restaurant, Church Square, St Andrews, KY16 9NN.
St Andrews
As above
St Andrews
Bespoke Large Group (31+) Medium Group (17-30) Private Small Group (1-16)
Golf History Walking

Tour prices


  • £14 Per Adult
  • £12 Per child
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Prices are subject to change depending on season


New tour introductory discount

New Tour to the Visit Scotland site: 20% off St Andrews Old Course History Tours 2023 - Limited time offer

Offer running dates:
03 Jan 2023 — 28 Feb 2023

See offer

Tour company information

St Andrews Tours

WELCOME TO ST ANDREWS TOURS with 5 award-winning walking tours: St Andrews Old Course History Tours, St Andrews Golf History Tours - town and Old Course, St Andrews History Tours, St Andrews Sightseeing Tours and St Andrews Ghost Tours. Spanning 6 decades of research by author and guide Richard Falconer, join him on one of these insightful and educational guided walking tours. As a showcase of St Andrews extraordinary multifaceted history, there is something for everyone as you explore the iconic sites of this ancient and unique city.

Opening times

5 award-winning St Andrews walking tours to choose from.

With up to 6 St Andrews tours a day, 7 days a week, throughout the year.*

*Check the websites for times and exclusions.