23 St Andrews (Old Course)
The Home of Golf and fittingly, the venue for the 2005 British Open Championship, this traditional links course is the oldest in the world.
This is more than just a golf course, it is a whole experience and a walk down through history. Name any player from the past and they have attempted to conquer its challenges, some have succeeded and some do not. Walking over the Swilken Bridge, getting trapped in the Valley of Sin and digging your way out of bunkers with names like Miss Graingers Bosoms, The Coffins, The Lions Mouth and Hell are all part of the experience.
Its layout is unique and challenging and the sense of history is overwhelming. To tread the turf of St Andrews, where in the 13th century shepherds played a form of golf, is a marvellous experience. Over 600 years, one simple track hacked through the bushes and heather has developed into six golf courses - the world-famous Old Course and its sister courses, The New, The Jubilee, The Eden, The Strathtyrum and The Balgove, all run by the St Andrews Links Trust.
The Old Course and its sisters are in effect public courses with several clubs allowed to play over them - the most famous of which is the Royal and Ancient, which was founded in 1754 and now governs the rules of golf. 18 holes, 6,933 yards (championship), 6,566 yards (medal). Par 72 (SSS 72). Course record 62.
Guaranteed play on the Old Course is based solely on the availability when reservations are requested. Please note that you will be required to play on one of the other courses run by the Links Trust. If tee times are not available Tayleur Mayde will enter your name in the daily ballot system on your behalf.
For those considering a visit to Scotland in 2004 then it is never to early to request a confirmed tee time for the Old Course. The Links Trust have applications for 2005 already. We would recommend applying for 2004 now even if you leave the rest of the planning of your tour until later.