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St Andrews Tour

Golf Courses Played: Jubilee, Kingsbarns, The Old Course, Carnoustie

Accomodation: 4 Star Hotel B&B Accomodation at The MacDonald Rusacks Hotel

Guide Price - Self Drive: £1350 (based on 4 golfers)

Included: Rental Vehicle, Comprehensive Tour Management Service, 4 nights B&B, 4 Rounds of Golf.

Notes: This trip is based on the Old Course Ballot. This is where we enter your names in a ballot (lottery) the day before you plan to play and you discover whether you have been successful by 4pm. Over 50% of tee times are allocated in this way but there are no guarantees of success. If unlucky with the Ballot result there are numerous top class courses that we can arrange tee times at short notice in the vicinity to St Andrews.

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Day 1

Arrive at Edinburgh or Glasgow airport in the morning. On arrival you will be welcomed by a Links Club Representative. After a scenic drive you'll arrive in the small, but picturesque city of St Andrews and you’ll check in to your hotel, The Rusacks. A 500 yard stroll from the hotel is the Jubilee course. You’ll play your first round of golf on the Jubilee course, finishing in the early evening. Returning to your hotel perhaps enjoy a ‘wee dram’ of Scotch whisky set to the backdrop of the 18th Green of the Old Course, with the sun setting over the North Sea behind it!

Day 2

Today we’ll play Kingsbarns, now a pre-qualifying course for the Open when held at St Andrews and one of Scotland's best courses. Brother to the Castle Stuart course, it has earned its well-deserved rating as one of the most popular courses in the country, with stunning views to compliment the great lay out. The travel time from St Andrews is around 20 minutes and there are excellent practice facilities, so we’ll arrive early.

Day 3

Today we play the St Andrews Old Course. After breakfast we’ll walk over to the world famous starter’s hut in front of the R&A Clubhouse and prepare for your round on the Old Course. “Play it left on the way out and play it left on the way back say all the caddies” and you should avoid one of the many pot bunkers. After your round, stay around the 18th and enjoy the atmosphere of playing the Old Course, have a drink and study your score.

Day 4

Travel to Carnoustie less than an hour's drive from St Andrews for your round on probably the toughest Open course on which the Open is held! Hogans alley, the 16th, and of course the final hole are all famous in the rich history that is the Nastie Noustie. The Jean Van De Velde moment will be ever defining both for him and the course. This is your chance to play those iconic holes and see how you score. Good luck!

Day 5

Return to Glasgow or Edinburgh airport for the journey home.

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The Accomodation

The Macdonald Rusacks Hotel

The Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, a leading 4-star hotel set in the heart of St Andrews, is one of the most famous and historic golf hotels in the world. Virtually within a sand wedge of the 18th hole on the world-renowned Old Course, Rusacks combines luxurious accommodation with a front row seat on sporting history.

The award-winning Rocca Bar & Grill serves the finest food and drink against a backdrop of the world's most photographed golf course. Magnificent views out to sea take in St Andrews' West Sands, immortalized in the opening scenes of the Oscar winning film, Chariots of Fire.  Unquestionably, Rusacks is one of Scotland's greatest golfing hotel locations, surrounded by seven of the world's most famous golf courses. 

At The Links club, we think that this is one of our favorite hotels to stay at. It is very difficult to pick the favorite out of the few that we present on the web site but this is probably our most favored.

The position that it stands in, immediately adjacent to the 18th fairway and Green of the Old Course and overlooking the first tee and the R&A Clubhouse is, for an avid golfer, a very special view. If you have a late tee time on the Old Course then a long breakfast in the hotel bay window is the best way to start the day, lingering over the players just starting, or if they were early starters, just finishing. A special way to prepare for your first round on the most famous golf course in the world.

On a late summers evening with the sun setting there is no better place to stand that outside the hotel entrance overlooking the 18th green watching the late golfers finishing their rounds, and discussing the round that you or your group have just completed, with a drink in hand of course!!

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The Courses


The Jubilee Course, the third course to the Old and the New at St Andrews, at 6805 yards off the medal tees, is the longest of the St Andrews links courses and many feel that it is the most difficult.   The fairways are particularly narrow and with plenty of gorse either side of both the greens and the fairways, it is best to bring plenty of balls.  


Kingsbarns, with its new course, is a unique and excellent golfing experience.  The course was opened in July 2000 and has gone on to be a success from the first day that golf was played on it.  The service that golfers experience at Kingsbarns is simply the best in Scotland.  The staff compliments this great golf course by helping the golfer from the minute they step out of their vehicle and into the clubhouse.  Kingsbarns is one of the best golfing experiences that Scotland can offer.  

St Andrews Old Course

It is very difficult to write about the Old Course at St Andrews for it is simply more than a golf course.  It is the world’s most famous links course if not the most famous golf course of them all.  It is probable that golf was played here in the 12th century and it is one of the oldest golf courses in the world.  To play the Old Course will be one of the great golfing experiences of your life.  To have your name called to attend the first tee in front of the R&A Clubhouse is for some, a daunting although exciting prospect.  Whilst it is not the most challenging course on the Open rota, it is by far and away the most special golfing experience that you will have.  The 17th and 18th holes are spectacular culmination of your round of golf.  If the weather is half decent both these greens will be surrounded by your fellow golfers who have either played the course or who are waiting to play the course and will watch with interest as you bring to a close your memorable round of golf.  There simply is no other experience like it.


Carnoustie has many names that it is recognized by:  “Car-nasty’, “the nasty noustie’’ or “the beast”.   The reason for these names is that the course is a monster.  It’s a difficult, sometimes vindictive course and also a very long links golf course. There are many famous holes to look out for at Carnoustie:  Hogan’s Alley, the Spectacles and the finish of the 16th, 17th and 18th make Carnoustie one of the most exciting golf courses to play.  

Carnoustie is also the course where my great uncle, Tommy Armour, won his Open Championship in 1931, and is consequently one of my favourite courses.

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