Destinations Scotland

History of Old Course, St Andrews, Scotland

Why is the Old Course at St Andrews considered to be the “Home of Golf?” Golf was first played on the links in St Andrews in the early 15th century. The sport quickly gained popularity in Scotland until 1457, when James II of Scotland put an end to golf on account of young men’s being out of order, as they were focusing more on golf and less on archery.

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However, in 1502, the ban on golf was removed when James IV realized his own high level of interest in the game!

Truly it’s remarkable that the game of golf continues to revolve around the course that gave it birth over 600 years ago.  It’s all the more impressive when you consider that aside from some new tees and an irrigation system, nothing’s changed all that much at the world’s 4th ranked golf course since 1764 when 22 holes were reconfigured to 18.  Meanwhile the game and its players have gone from the Stone Age to the Space Age, and yet, in July of 2015 the Old Course at St Andrews hosted The 144th Open Championship for the 29th time – a run that began in 1873. Clearly there is no place like the Home of Golf. The Old Course is actually closed on Sundays, with the exception of four notable occasions. It’s an old tradition - being closed on Sunday – reason being the old Scottish tradition to dry clothes on Sunday. Nowadays, many people will take leisurely walks and have picnics amidst the links on its day of rest. A visit to St Andrews and the Old Course will often include play at the New Course, the Jubilee Course, the Castle Course plus Kingsbarns and Carnoustie.

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How can you get a tee time to play the Old Course, St Andrews?

PerryGolf is an Authorized Provider of Guaranteed Old Course Tee Times. PerryGolf President Gordon Dalgleish explains your options for getting a tee time on the Old Course, St Andrews. PerryGolf has done business with St Andrews Links Trust since 1984, the longest such relationship of any existing tour operator. PerryGolf has accepted an invitation to become an Authorized Provider, and in doing so continues this long held and valued association with the Trust.  


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