Golf history - St Andrews
The town's university was founded in 1413 and one of its first students, Sir Gilbert Hay, is probably the first person to use the word 'golf', in a poem dating back to 1460.
Roll back time to the year 1502 and King James lifted his notorious ban on golf. In 1504 he almost certainly played a round or two at St Andrews himself.
By 1754 there was a course of twelve holes at St Andrews, ten of which were played twice to deliver a total of twenty-two holes. The same year saw 22 noblemen, professors and landowners found the Society of St Andrews Golfers, an organisation that would ultimately become the precursor to the Royal and Ancient, the sport's governing body everywhere except the USA and Mexico.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club built the New Course in 1895, designed by Old Tom Morris. They opened the 12 hole Jubilee course in 1897, extended to 18 holes in 1905. The Eden Course was opened in 1914 and the Strathtyrum in 1993. The nine-hole Balgove was completed in 1972 then remodelled in 1993, the same year the Strathtyrum Course was finished. And the Castle Course opened in 2008. These days all of St Andrews' public Links courses are operated by the St Andrews Links Trust.
Golf courses in St Andrews
Play St Andrews and enjoy access the following exceptional courses.
1. Carnoustie - Old Tom Morris redesigned and extended it to a full 18 holes in the early 1870s
2. Castle Course – 18 holes, 6759 yards, par 71, designed by David McLay Kidd
3. Crail – Balcomie Links
4. Jubilee Course - 18 holes, 6742 yards, par 72, designed by John Angus, redesigned by Willie Auchterlonie then Donald Steele
5. Kingsbarns – 18 holes, designed by American, Kyle Philips
6. Leven Links – 18 holes, established in 1846
7. New Course – 18 holes, 6625 yards, par 71, designed by Tom Morris
8. Old Course - 18 holes, 6721 yards, par 72, designed by Old Tom Morris and Daw Anderson
9. The Dukes - designed by Peter Thomson
10. The Kittocks Course – 18 holes, originally designed by Bruce Devlin
11. The Torrance Course - Designed by Denis Griffiths, the late Gene Sarazen and Ryder Cup winner and Captain, Sam Torrance
12. Eden Course – 18 holes, 6250 yards, par 70, designed by Harry S. Colt, redesigned by Donald Steele
13. Strathtyrum Course - 18 holes, 5620 yards, par 69, designed by Donald Steele
14. Balgrove Course – 9 holes, 1520 yards, par 30, designed by Donald Steele
Golf packages in St Andrews
We provide guaranteed Old Course tee times plus tee time on every course in St Andrews from four to seven nights, each of which can easily be extended to include more of Britain's best-loved golf courses.
We also arrange special programmes including the Father and Son tournament, spectator programmes and Open Championship programmes. We can customise all of our St Andrews Golf packages to create your dream experience based on the courses you most want to conquer, the accommodation, the number of rounds you'd like to play and the number of nights you'll be with us.
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