St. Andrews Home of Golf – East Coast of Scotland

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At a Glance
  • Where & What: East Coast of Scotland - 7 Days & 6 Nights - Self Drive or Chauffeured Tour
  • Golf Courses: St. Andrews Jubilee, New, Carnoustie, Kingsbarns, St. Andrews Old and Castle
  • Hotels: Stay Six Nights in St. Andrews at The Old Course Hotel or Rusacks

St. Andrews is the number one golfing region in Scotland. The courses are neatly clustered together so you spend more time playing golf, and relaxing afterwards, and less time on the road. Based in St. Andrews, the “Home of Golf”, you can easily play Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and all St. Andrews Courses, including Old, New, and Castle. No wonder the Scottish East Coast is the place to be for golf!

Customize Your Itinerary With These Courses:

Dumbarnie and Gleneagles from St. Andrews, and Muirfield, Gullane, North Berwick, and Dunbar, from North Berwick or Edinburgh.

Day by Day

Day 1Arrive Scotland & play St. Andrews Jubilee Course

Meet your Driver Guide on arrival or pick up your rental van. Drive to St. Andrews for a 6-night stay at The Old Course Hotel OR The Rusacks Hotel overlooking the first and 18th holes of the world-renowned Old Course. Welcome to the “Home of Golf.”

Play the Jubilee Course this afternoon. The Jubilee is considered by many to be the most challenging course on the famous link of St. Andrews. Built in 1897, it was originally intended for use by beginners however after seeing its prime golfing location between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee was converted to a championship layout in 1888.

Day 2Golf at St. Andrews New Course

Founded in 1895 and designed by Tom Morris, the New Course is played on the same stretch of revered links-land as the famed Old Course. A bit longer and requiring slightly more precision, it is considered the equal of the Old Course.

Day 3Golf at Carnoustie

Golfing legend Walter Hagen considered Carnoustie the greatest course in the British Isles with the toughest finish in golf. I am sure Padraig Harrington would agree! The unfriendly burns, the relentless winds, and the sheer length of the course test the abilities of all golfers.

Day 4Golf at St. Andrews Old Course

Long considered the home of golf, all the Greats have competed on this hallowed turf, where golf has been played for over 400 years. It is every golfer’s dream to stand on the first tee at St. Andrews Old Course at least once! It was founded in the 16th century, and is the oldest and most iconic golf course in the world.

Day 5Golf at Kingsbarns

Located on the North Sea coast only six miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns is without doubt one of the most breath-taking links courses ever developed. The attention to detail here is extraordinary, there are sea views from every hole.

Day 6Golf St. Andrews Castle Course

Also known as course No. 7 of the famed St. Andrews Links Trust, the Castle course adds to the brilliance of possibly the world’s best collection of links golf courses. Playing the Castle Course is the perfect way to end your Scottish golfing adventure.

Day 7Transfer to Edinburgh airport

Say goodbye to your driver / guide, or return your rental van, and prepare for your return flight home!


Scotland Home of Golf Inclusions

  • Meet & greet by Destinations Golf.
  • Golfers packing list & recommendations.
  • 6-Rounds of championship golf.
  • Guaranteed tee-times.
  • 6-Nights deluxe hotel accommodations & breakfast daily.
  • Self-Drive van or upgrade to Driver Guide.
  • Your Personalized Trip Portfolio on our Destinations Golf Travel App.
  • Recommendations for dining, sightseeing, shopping & entertainment.
  • Enjoy our Concierge Services in Scotland while travelling.

Not Included:

  • Caddies: request at time of booking
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature


  • Request a complimentary quote

The Old Course Hotel, St Andrews, UK

This 5 star hotel Borders the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course in the Home of Golf , the Old Course Hotel enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. With a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, the hotel offers quietly confident service, luxurious facilities and a warm welcome in the finest traditions of Scottish hospitality. The Old Course Hotel offers an exceptional choice of bars and restaurants from the chic informality of the Sands Grill to delicious dining in the acclaimed Road Hole Restaurant (3 AA rosettes). In addition , the hotel’s traditional pub The Jigger Inn serves fine home-cooked food, and The Duke’s Bar & Grill offers a traditional Scottish golfers’ menu. And their award winning Road Hole Bar offers Scotland’s finest malt whiskies from over 200 distilleries.


Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews, UK

The 4 star Rusacks Hotel is within a sand wedge of the 18th hole of the famous Old Course . Stylishly remodeled with a golfing theme , Rusacks Hotel offers luxurious accommodation occupied by some of the great names in the games history . Their award-winning Rocca Bar & Grill serves fine food and drink against a backdrop of the world’s oldest golf course . Magnificent views out to sea take in St. Andrews’ West Sands, immortalized in the Oscar-winning movie ‘Chariots of Fire’ . Rusacks is unquestionably Scotland’s greatest golfing hotel. You can also get a great meal at the ‘One Under’ gastro pub – and they even have their very own sophisticated champagne and whisky bar, ‘R Bar’ – the perfect place to relax and unwind with friends.

Ireland & UK - Frequently Asked Questions

Passports & Visas

To enter Ireland or UK, you need a valid passport. While e-passports are commonly used now, they are not a necessity to enter Ireland. UK citizens do not require a passport to enter Ireland, but carriers by air or sea require some form of identification with a photograph (usually either a passport or driving license with photo).


February to April: Highest temperatures range from 46 to 54°F
May to July: Highest temperatures are between 64 and 68°F
August to October: Highest temperatures hit between 64 and 57°F.
Winter air temperatures inland normally reach 46°F, while the coldest months are January and February.
April & September are considered the most pleasant and temperate months.


Gratuities and tips are discretionary and are not usually included in a bill. The general custom is to give 10% to serving staff in restaurants. Cafes might have a collection box at the till and bar staff are not tipped but you are free to offer “have one for yourself”.


Plugs in Ireland and UK are three-pronged and the electricity supply is also 230v. Adapters are widely available, and it’s a good idea to bring a couple for your various gadgets.


You will need either a full valid national driving license or an international driving permit. Cars in Ireland drive on the left-hand side of the road and both driver and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times by law. Signposts in Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas are written in Irish (Gaelic) so familiarise yourself with both English and Irish spellings before you set off for those parts. Northern Ireland uses miles per hour, while the Republic of Ireland uses kilometers for signage and speed limits.


English is commonly used throughout Ireland and UK, although Irish is the official language in Ireland, and there are Irish speaking areas called the Gaeltacht where it is the predominant language.

What to Pack

Bring a sweater, even in summer; waterproofs to accompany all outdoor activities; sunglasses; comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. The weather is changeable so go for layers that you can put on or take off as the temperature changes.


In the Republic of Ireland, the official currency is the euro (€). One euro consists of 100 cent. In Northern Ireland, pound sterling is the local currency (£). One pound sterling consists of 100 pence.

Emergency Services

Police, Fire, Ambulance:
Republic of Ireland, Telephone: 112 or 999
Northern Ireland, Telephone: 999

Time Zone

Ireland functions on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). During the summer it becomes GMT+1, that’s Irish Standard Time (IST) in the Republic and British Summer Time (BST) in Northern Ireland.
For example, New York is Irish Time -5 hours & Los Angeles is Irish Time -8 hours.


There are no vaccinations required to visit Ireland.