The Torrance Course

From its dramatic cliff top setting overlooking lovely St Andrews Bay, the Torrance Course provides spectacular views during your round, plus plenty of excellent risk and reward opportunities on many of the holes.

The Torrance re-opened in July 2009 following an extensive refurbishment programme. Now it offers a traditional Scottish links set up with deep riveted bunkers, a true challenge for amateurs and tour players alike. A final qualifying course for The Open and home to the Scottish Seniors Open since 2009, The Torrance is one of Scotland's most dramatic and challenging courses in St Andrews, the spiritual home of golf. Like the Kittocks course, golf carts are available as long as the weather permits.

Sam Torrance transformed the course into a challenging links layout that looks like it's been there for centuries. You'll find classic Scottish bunkers throughout, offering a formidable test of your golfing skill, and the greens are pretty tricky with their run off areas, false fronts and hollows. The 14th hole deserves particular respect, situated right on the edge of the dizzying cliffs.

 About The Torrance Course, St Andrews – A short history

  • Designed by Denis Griffiths, the late Gene Sarazen and Ryder Cup winner and Captain, Sam Torrance
  • Classic Scottish riveted bunkers, large greens and a links design
  • Modified by Gary Stephenson, re-opened in July 2009 with improvements to the tees, fairways, irrigation and drainage
  • Rated number 26th in Golf Weekly's ratings for 2013
  • The Open Championship qualifying course for the 2010 Open
  • Hosted Seniors European Tour Event 6 times from 2009 to 2014
  • 5,600 - 7,320 yards
  • Par 72

 The Torrence Course Information

  • Caddies Available: Available on request and subject to availability 
  • Golf Trollies Available: Powered and manual trollies
  • Golf Buggies Available: 40 golf carts available for all players
  • Practice Facilities: Full grass driving range, putting green, bunker and short game area
  • Golf Boards are available

The Torrance Course scorecard
View The Torrance Course scorecard

Featured hole – Hole 17

At Par 3 and 220 yards, the green at the 17th is protected by nasty, deep bunkers and a dry stone wall. It's a big favourite with Sam Torrance, the signature hole and, in many players' opinion, the best on the course. To your right there's the crashing sea and a whole lot of rough to your left. This makes the tee shot pretty tough, but when you get to your second shot there's even more nasty ground to play over.

Known for its links atmosphere and demanding greens

Like The Kittocks, the Torrance was built on farmland but comes with a links layout and atmosphere. The Torrance is a little less demanding than its sister course, the fairways are generous and it's relatively easy to find lost balls. Watch out for the bunkers by the green, sneakily hidden away at the front sides, especially on the short par 3s. The attractive par-3 11th has particularly beautiful distant views of St Andrews town, and the final three sea-edge holes are truly dramatic and challenging with greens playing right along the sea's edge. Contact us to find out more or make a booking.

The Torrence Course Golf Breaks

The Experience St Andrews is your destination for the finest golfing packages, with play and accommodation at every St Andrews course including The Torrance. It's an experience you'll recall forever, a golfing trip to Scotland with all the luxury trimmings.