Old Course St Andrews Open 2022

© Richard Falconer

St Andrews Old Course

St Andrews Old Course Tour, for the golfer

St Andrews Old Course tours are 'bucket list' award-winning St Andrews walking tours with Richard Falconer; author, historian, guide and 1980s Pro A1 Old Course Caddie. St Andrews Old Course tours feature both golf and Old Course development.

On a St Andrews Old Course tour, you will learn about the origins of the game of golf, the rules and the development of the Old Course in St Andrews through the 18th-20th century timeline.

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

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

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

(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, red and white flags, the Old Course burial ground, 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 golfing 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. Then have a photo shoot on the most famous historic icon in golf - the Swilkan Bridge, followed by a few of Richard's Road hole 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

Your tour finishes by the Old Course Hotel Jigger Inn

Tours are not suitable for those with walking difficulties (walking slowly).

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 are allowed.

From £14 per adult

Departure days

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

January — December

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
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Tour information


  • St Andrews




  • Walking


  • Bespoke
  • Large Group (31+)
  • Medium Group (17-30)
  • Private
  • Small Group (1-16)


  • English


  • Golf
  • History
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Sporting
  • Walking

Tour prices

From £14 Per Adult £12 Per Child

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Prices are subject to change depending on season

St Andrews Tours

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 Walking 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.

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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.

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