Golf Trips to Scotland - The Old Course & beyond!
Live your golf dream. You can play St. Andrews and Sports Traveler can get you there. Scotland is the birthplace of golf and country filled with tremendous history, culture and scenery. Let us plan a memorable week playing at historic St. Andrews Golf Course and other top courses in Scotland. Extend your trip and explore castles and the historical cities of Edinburgh, featuring Edinburgh Castle and Glasgow.
Play the birthplace of Golf - Scotland
Your bucket list golf trip can be possible when you book an all inclusive golf vacation to Scotland. From the Old Course in historic St. Andrews to Gleneagles and the Royal Dornoch, we have your golf travel package with tee times.
- What's included in our Scotland Packages?
Our golf packages are all-inclusive and can include acommodations in 4-star hotels, airport meet and greet, tee times at select courses of your choice, transportation to the courses daily, and some meals.
Golf the Old Course in Scotland
The Old Course at St. Andrews is the world's best know golf course. Over the past 200 years, the Old Course has seen very little change. Until 1764, the course only had 12 holes, however, a round consisted of 22 holes. Believing that 22 holes at the course was to long, in 1764, the Society of St. Andrews Golfers decided to a few of their holes.
Though the championship credentials of the Old Course hardly require justification, the venue has played host to 25 Open Championships and many other major competitions over the years. Measuring almost 7,000 yards from the championship tees, the visitor will rarely play from here and is more likely to take on the 6,566-yard challenge. In the absence of wind, the Old Course can actually play quite easy but the overpowering sense of awe that one feels when standing on the first tee will certainly equalise matters. And while each hole is both a pleasure and an unforgettable experience to play, some of the finest on the Old Course include the first, eleventh, fourteenth and seventeenth holes.
Quite apart from the degree of difficulty, the first ball struck on the Old Course will probably prove to be the most nerve-wrenching shot that you will ever hit. One should steer the drive to the left hand side of the fairway, keeping the out of bounds on the right well out of play, while the long hitter must take care to avoid the burn, situated 260 yards from the tee. The second shot calls for a medium to long iron, depending on the wind and with the green almost at one with the burn, walk off with a par and it is a job well done.
The par 4, 17th "Road Hole" is one of the most celebrated and feared holes in golf. Should you take the advised line over the "Black Sheds", your drive should be struck with a touch of draw and must carry at least 180 yards. And while the prudent second shot here would be to the front right corner of the green, for those who relish a challenge, great accuracy is required in order to avoid the road to the right and rear of the green and also the dreaded Road Hole Bunker. End up in the bunker though, and you may well experience both on your way to running up a nice score
The Old Course at St. Andrews is a must for all avid golfers, who should make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. While it is one thing getting the opportunity to play here, it is quite another to make the occasion a memorable one in scoring terms. Every virgin Old Course golfer finds that in addition to pitting their wits against the course, the none-too-slight elements of history, reputation, aura and self-determination all contrive against a low return.