The east Scotland region of Fife, which juts into the North Sea between Edinburgh and Dundee, is a paradise for golf fans and players alike. The Old Course — the Home of Golf, said to be the oldest course in the world — is here.
Located in the university town of St Andrews, it is where the modern game was first played 600 years ago, and is arguably the world’s most renowned golf course. “There’s just no other golf course that is even remotely close,” says Jack Nicklaus , 20-time major winner and a golf-course designer.
For those who miss out on getting a round on the Old Course — perhaps due to their handicap not meeting the required level — St Andrews Links , a charitable trust, manages six courses nearby, including the Castle Course, which offers stunning views of the town and the Eden Estuary beyond.
The trust also runs the St Andrews Links Golf Academy , where adults and juniors can take lessons and improve their swing on the indoor and floodlit driving ranges.
Golf nerds can get their memorabilia hit at the British Golf Museum , which is across the road from the famous Royal and Ancient clubhouse . It showcases more than 16,000 items — some dating from the 17th century — from golfing equipment to trophies and photography.
Overall, Fife offers more than 40 golf courses. The Fife Coastal Path — which stretches for 117 miles from the Firth of Tay in the north to the Firth of Forth in the south — passes many links courses such as Crail, Elie and Earlsferry. Kingsbarns has just hosted the Women’s British Open .
Further inland, Ladybank, near Cupar, is well regarded.
As for the all-important 19th hole, back in St Andrews the Jigger Inn , a charming, Victorian pub, neighbours the 17th fairway of the Old Course.
This mid-terrace stone house with seven bedrooms, dating from about 1850, is across the road from the Old Course and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Available through Savills, offers over £1.5m.
A 16th-century castle with 10 bedrooms and around 53 acres of land is about 6.5 miles from St Andrews.
Available through Savills, offers over £5m.
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