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The 12th tee (bottom) is just 75 yards behind the "Admiral's Bunker," which was in play on St. Andrews' reversed routing.

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St. Andrews is one of the most coveted golf destinations in the world, but it can be enjoyed on a budget, too. Brandon Tucker offers value tips to the Home of Golf.
One of the greatest thrills in golf is taking a journey to St. Andrews and playing a round on the Old Course. The palpable aura of the game rooted on such hallowed ground, the memories of watching so many of golf’s greatest players traverse the Swilcan Bridge en route to claiming their Open Championship victory, the wonderful passing parade of people, and the history, architecture, and vibe of this historic university town make a visit to the “Auld Grey Toon” a required pilgrimage for every golf enthusiast.
The Old Course is open to the public on most days, and it costs about the same as a round at any PGA Tour venue open to the public. Here's how to get a tee time.
From St. Andrews to the Highlands, the Golf Advisor Staff shares their ideal weeklong itineraries in Scotland.
Visiting St. Andrews turns any golfer into a giddy 12-year-old kid all over again. Here are 10 experiences every golfer should seek out in the Home of Golf.
About 40,000 courses around the world have been built since the Old Course at St. Andrews was laid out over 600 years ago. But despite all the game's advances in design and technology, many of the world's best players call the Old the best out there. Brandon Tucker offers 10 unique reasons why.
Of all the ultimate itineraries we’ve put together, none is as exhilarating and rewarding for a true golf lover as our trip to Scotland. Scotland is the Home of Golf, where the game has been played for five centuries and where it is woven into the very fabric of life. Those who make a pilgrimage to Scotland achieve a spirit of unity with all golfers who have ever trod the links.
Considering St. Andrews Scotland golf vacations? Besides the Old Course, there are a bunch of "must play" layouts less than 30 minutes away.
The link between St. Andrews and Pinehurst is strong, beginning with Donald Ross, who came to Pinehurst in 1900 after studying under Old Tom Morris in St. Andrews, and stayed until his death in 1948. The two spots are both among the game's most coveted destinations for the majors they host, and their pure golf atmosphere is impossible to duplicate. It's a friendly rivalry, of course, but it's time for a showdown: Scotland's "Home of Golf" vs. the United States' most worthy contender.
Will Gray got the full Old Course experience in St. Andrews by waiting overnight at the Links Trust pavilion to get a walk-on tee time. Here's how he did it, and what you need to know.
So you didn't make the Old Course ballot this time around. That's why groups often book three or four days in St. Andrews alone. But if you don't want to play the waiting game, it's a near certainty you can still play golf even if you didn't book weeks in advance. St. Andrews and the Kingdom of Fife have one of the richest pockets of links golf anywhere.
Golf Channel's Mike Ritz, the lead voice for European Tour coverage, recently took three friends on a trip of a lifetime: six of the top links courses in Scotland in six days. Day two was a visit to St. Andrews.
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For six days in early spring, The Old Course at St. Andrews will open its "reverse" routing, offering a completely different experience at one of the world's great golf courses.
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The public outcry over the Royal & Ancient's well-intentioned renovation of one of the game's most sacred spots is a reminder of how even though change and modernity are always present, nostalgia and tradition drive golf's appeal.
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The St. Andrews Links Trust's Private Advanced Tee Time ballot is open through September 7.
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