IF YOU BELIEVE GOLF IS A RELIGION, WELCOME TO ITS SANCTUARY
St Andrews is a mystical experience that’s almost spiritual. The aura that permeates the air creates an unexplainable range of emotions. And the altar where you experience it all is the first tee of the Old Course. Step onto that sacred land and you now have a responsibility. Not to necessarily play well. But, to respect all those who have gone before you.
As you tee up your first ball you’ll hear 600 hundred years of drives. Approach shots. Pitches. Chips. And putts. You’ll experience 600 years of winds. Sea mist. Clouds. Rain. And more often than not, sun. 600 hundred years of emotions and history. And by the simple act of swinging your driver, you become a part of it all.
GOLF AROUND ST ANDREWS
There’s more to golf at St Andrews than the Old Course. Today golf in St Andrews is played on 11 courses. Each has its own history, challenges and charm. Each has its own ability to conjure up the spirits of all who preceded you. Six of the courses at St Andrews; Old Course, New Course, Jubilee Course, Castle Course, Eden Course, Strathtyrum Course and Balgove Course are part of the St Andrews Links and are open to the public.
As there are more courses per capita in Scotland than anywhere in the world, golf in Scotland is not limited to St Andrews. You can find 60 championship courses within one hour’s drive, including the likes of Gleneagles and Carnoustie. Turnberry and Royal Dornoch are further away but reached by luxury coach or helicopter. Two hidden gems that are but a short thirty minute drive from Monarchs House are Crail Balcomie and Golf House Club, better known as Elie. Both are inspiring 18 hole links courses with spectacular views of Edinburgh and East Lothian over the Firth of Forth.
Many have visited St Andrews over the years. Whether it is the trip of a lifetime or an annual pilgrimage. But, now for those staying at Monarchs House, St Andrews is more than a vacation, escape or dream. It’s home at the home of golf.