Playing Golf in Scotland: St. Andrews & Durness

According to the Wikipedia “The Old Course at St. Andrews is considered by many to be the “home of golf” because the sport was first played on the Links at St. Andrews in the early 1400s”. Thus, we could not skip a visit to St. Andrews when we visited Scotland last week.

Even though none of us plays golf, the place breathes a special air of tradition that anyone can feel. We loved the visit. The views of the course are wonderful. Its placement close to the beach and the village make it all the more enjoyable. The possibility of crossing through was also inviting (even if hazardous).

Close the St. Andrews Links there is a small field where putts and balls can be rented for just one pound in order to play 18 holes in a green and make small tournament with friends. So we did. We had lots of fun “playing golf”, though I am afraid I came in last, with 76 strokes. See in the tweet below the complete results of our competition:

As a complement to visiting the Old Course, there is the British Golf Museum just 50 metres from it. The museum is wonderful. I will have to come back to it one day, as we had to visit it in a rush (it closes at 17:00 – free of charge).


A couple of days later, completing our tour by the Northern coast of Scotland we arrived at Durness. Walking by the beach we discovered a golf course. My friend Maicol mentioned that it would be a good plan to play.

At the beginning we were doubtful as in Spain you need a licence to play in a golf course, but we gave it a try and went to ask. What a positive reply! “Visitors are always welcome at Durness Golf Club”, “you don’t need any licence to play here”, “you need to pay just 10 pounds to play”, “a set of clubs can be hired for just 5 pounds”… we had a plan! 2 hours of playing golf for just 30 pounds altogether.

Again, there, the views of the course at the seaside were wonderful. Especially the last hole, where you needed to avoid the ball falling down the cliffs into the Atlantic Ocean to reach the green. We highly recommend paying a visit to the club.

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6 responses to “Playing Golf in Scotland: St. Andrews & Durness

  1. Elena

    Totalmente de acuerdo con Javi! Y eso que puse mala cara cuando propusieron lo de Durness… ¡Saint Andrews estupendo!

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  3. Managed to fulfill the dreams of an American colleague today getting him a game of golf on the Old Course. Course is in excellent condition and it was made harder by them getting ready for a big competition over the weekend. Amazing when you consider the amount of people that play the course on a daily basis. A real must if you are visiting the Kingdom of Fife. Managed to play to my national handicap, however, probably got the course on a day when the conditions were ideal. Only a slight breeze off the sea. Managed to drive the 10th hole as well, albeit still 3 putted for my par. An expensive course if you are not getting signed on by a member, but well worth the experience. Played at 0840 and it only took 3hrs 55mins so a good time to play i would suggest.

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