The Old Course at St. Andrews is considered to be the birthplace of golf, with evidence of play on the links land beside the town dating back to the 1500s. It is the most famous golf course in world golf and the Mecca to which every golfer aspires to make pilgrimage at least once in a golfing lifetime to see the well-known landmarks such as The Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker. Although it’s a classic seaside links, the sea is seldom in view other than at the first and last holes.
The golf course remains a challenge with golf's largest greens, 14 holes share a green with another (and each combination of holes, like No. 2 and No. 16 add up to 18). There are no great sand dunes, the fairways are wide and the double greens immense but the 112 bunkers are among the severest to be found anywhere. It also has a unique, counter-clockwise routing, which means out-of-bounds is usually right of the fairway, while another hole's fairway is left.
- Year of Opening - 1412
- Designer - Daw Anderson & Old Tom Morris
- Par - 72
- Holes - 18
- Length - 6720 Yards