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Eleven places in Fife that celebrate the area’s rich golfing history and heritage – but don’t involve playing 18 holes!
Walk in the footsteps of golf’s greatest players – without having to swing a club! St Andrews Links runs expert-led walking tours of the Old Course from March until October. The tour of the world’s most famous golf course covers over 600 years of golf in St Andrews and the £15 booking fee includes a complimentary Old Course score card and discounted entry to the R&A World Golf Museum.
Located opposite the famous 18th tee of the legendary Old Course, this 5-star museum tells the story of golf through documents, photographs, clothing, equipment and anecdotes curated from the fascinating archives of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
The Old Course isn’t the only famous course on the edge of St Andrews’ stunning West Sands – and its near neighbour The Himalayas only costs a very reasonably-priced £4 a round! This 155-year-old putting course is run by St Andrews Ladies Putting Club and is open to the public from April to October, apart from 27 June until July 22, when The Himalayas will be part of the 2022 Open Championship.
Having been restored by the local community, West Braes Crazy Golf is now open for play during the school holidays and, from Easter to October, at weekends. Try your pitch and putt skills or simply have fun attempting to get your golf ball round, over or under the obstacles and into the holes!
Watch hickory-shafted golf clubs being made the traditional way at this artisan workshop on the outskirts of St Andrews. Visits to the Hickory Golf Shop Factory, which are currently by appointment, offer a unique opportunity to watch highly-skilled golf club makers at work, using skills passed down by previous generations of St Andrews golf club makers.
Tee off, putt and aim for a mini hole in one at Adventure Golf Island’s Pirates’ Cove. This miniature, heated, indoor golf course comes complete with palm trees, tiki huts and a castle, hopefully home to a swashbuckling, golf-playing buccaneer.
Hill of Tarvit is a stunning mansion which was once the home of a very wealthy Edwardian family, who enjoyed luxuries such as electricity, central heating, croquet – and their own nine-hole golf course. Today, Kingarrock at Hill of Tarvit is the UK’s only dedicated hickory golf course, where golfers are provided with original hickory golf clubs and replica 1920s golf balls – plus-fours are optional!
This museum explores St Andrews past and present, from the medieval days when it was a place of pilgrimage to its ongoing role as a world-leading centre of learning to the part the town played in the creation and continued success of the ancient game of gowff!
Have you ever tried FootGolf? This new hybrid sport combines the best of football and golf to make for a real test of skill, accuracy and fun. Head to Cluny Activities anbd choose from either a 9 hole or an 18 hole course. The 9 hole course is suggested for families and under 13's and 18 holes for over 13s and keen footballers. You can also check into the popular 19th hole - the Cluny Clubhouse for a snack, meal or drink.
It's the fastest growing sport in the UK! Can you score a hole in one?
If the weather’s not playing ball, avoid rain, wind or snow stopping play by taking your clubs to St Andrews Indoor Golf Centre. Thanks to the latest technology, you can practice on virtual versions of the world’s most famous golf courses or, if you’d like to brush up your golf techniques, get a lesson from one of the centre’s highly-experienced golf professionals.
Founded by Open Champion and golf club maker Willie Auchterlonie in 1895, Auchterlonies of St Andrews is one of the town’s oldest golf shops and offers a cornucopia of golfing delights. From hand-crafted golf clubs to the latest golfing technology and the best of golfing clothing and equipment, few golfers leave Auchterlonies empty-handed!