St Andrews is said to be the home of golf, and with the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel being the leading 4-star hotel in the area, this makes it the ideal base to explore all the nearby golf courses.
Yards: 6387 | Par: 72 | SSS: 71
The oldest golf course in the world and one of the most famous, the "Home of Golf " is a classic links course, which attracts golfers from around the globe and has hosted the Open Championship 26 times. Having over 112 bunkers including "Hell", "Strath" and the "Road Bunker", this course has evolved over 600 years and is a true test of championship golf.
Yards: 7126 | Par: 72 | SSS: 73
The course can be found just six miles from St Andrews, sweeping regally along the sea near the attractive village of Kingsbarns. Its golf origins date back to 1793: a testament to the rich heritage of links golf in Scotland. This unique part of East Fife has sandy soils, undulating ridges and hollows, Cambo burn running into the sea, all set immediately against the rugged coastline of the North Sea. With five sets of yardage alternatives to choose from, golfers can enjoy playing from a suitable tee to best suit their games.
Yards: 6604 | Par: 71 | SSS: 72
Opened in 1895 and laid out by the golfer Tom Morris, this course is considered by many as one of the best on the links. Using the natural features to create a classic "out and back" layout this is one of St Andrews best kept secrets.
Yards: 6742 | Par: 72 | SSS: 72
Widely regarded as the most testing on the links, this course was opened in 1897 and is situated between the New Course and the sea. Redesigned in 1988 to Championship standard the raised tees provide stunning links views, but are also exposed to the coastal winds sweeping in from the sea.
Yards: 6195 | Par: 70 | SSS: 68
This is one of the most popular courses on the links and makes the most of the area's natural features. Designed and opened in 1914 by Harry S. Colt, and altered in 1989, this course capitalises on the character of the links but is slightly less testing than its older neighbours.
Yards: 5620 | Par: unavailable | SSS: unavailable
This shorter course with its less testing layout is ideally suited to high handicap golfers and beginners. Opened in 1993, Strathtyrum is the first golf course to be constructed on the links for nearly 80 years.