St Andrews New
St Andrews Links (New Course), St Andrews, Fife
Founded 1895. Links Course
Built in the traditional out and back fashion, the New Course at St Andrews dates back to 1895 so do not be fooled into believing it to be a modern links by any stretch of the imagination. Located adjacent to the Jubilee Course, the international perception of New Course is dwarfed only by the reputation of the Old Course. Heather and gorse is much more the order of the day here and this only adds to the significant challenge imposed by the 6,625-yard layout. Although little can match the history of the Old Course, the New Course is regarded as the stiffer challenge! Along with the Jubilee Course and Castle Course, the New is one of the courses you will play in tandem with the Old Course if lucky enough to be offered guaranteed starting times for the Old Course.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in Scotland.
SCOTLAND – ST ANDREWS & PERTHSHIRE
As part of a golf trip to this region, it is likely that you will stay in or close to St Andrews or Gleneagles. It’s also likely that you will be too busy playing golf to take in anything else but there are always options. Recommendations in St Andrews include the British Golf Museum, St Andrews Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Botanic Gardens, while venturing slightly further afield, the likes of Aberdour Castle and Inchcolm Abbey are also worth a visit.
Other possibilities from either St Andrews or Gleneagles include the many attractions in Perthshire and Stirling. Like the Highlands, Perthshire boasts its fair share of distilleries with two excellent options being the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff and Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry, one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Other locations of interest in Perthshire include Blair Castle, Drummond Castle Gardens near Crieff, Scone Palace in Perth and Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a time.
Connecting Perthshire with Greater Glasgow, Stirling also offers many attractions, particularly from an historical perspective. The Bannockburn Heritage Centre and impressive Stirling Castle are both must-sees in Stirling, while the National Wallace Monument, through a variety of exhibits and displays tells the story of William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland.