Visit the place where it all began

The great game of golf originated in Scotland during the early 1400s. The oldest golf course in the world is right here in St Andrews, aptly named the Old Course. Golf fans travel from all over the world just to see this most iconic place and take a selfie on the famous Swilcan Bridge at the 18th hole. Keen golfers can even apply to play there. In addition, there are six other golf courses on St Andrews Links, all with their own unique characteristics.

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The Old Course, St Andrews

This is hallowed ground for golf fans. It’s the very home of golf, where the game has been played for over 600 years! Based in the centre of town, you can view it for free. There is usually a queue of people waiting to get their picture on the Swilcan Bridge, a historic landmark at the 18th hole.

Getting a tee time can be tricky, as demand is so high. However, you might be able to pre-book a tee time well in advance. If you have no luck there, you can enter the ballot, 48 hours before you wish to play. The ballot is suitable for groups of up to 4 to enter and there’s a required handicap of 36. Single golfers may enquire on the day of play to be joined to a smaller group.

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Other courses on St Andrews Links

St Andrews Links is a public golf links with 7 courses, including the prestigious Old Course. There are five further 18-hole courses; Castle Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Eden Course and Strathtyrum Course. They date between the 19th and 21st centuries and offer a mix of challenges and spectacular views. There is also a 9-hole, the Balgove Course, which is perfect for beginners and younger players. With such a wide choice of award-winning golf courses, there is something for every golfer at St Andrews Links. Request a tee time online.

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St Andrews self-catering accommodation

Stay at Elderburn Lodges for a fantastic golf break in St Andrews. Our luxury self-catering lodges are just a 10-minute drive from the Old Course and St Andrews Links. Choose your lodge and take a look at our latest special offers. You can book online today! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help at all with your reservation.

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Just returned from a fantastic relaxing break at lodge 1 at Elderburn Lodges.
The lodge really is a home from home and the setup of the lodge is great for 2 couples having the lovely spacious shared central areas but the bedrooms are spaced well apart.
The lodge was spotless and well equipped and some of the little extras within the lodge were excellent.
The location is ideal for visiting St Andrews and the lovely Fife coast.
The visitors book within the lodge was full of reviews from returning customers and we would highly recommend these lodges and look forward to our next visit.

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