St Andrews, a Course for every day of the week
The St Andrews Links Trust now lists seven courses, the first of course being the Old Course and the latest addition being The Castle Course. The Links Trust is a charity formed to take over the links from the St Andrews Town Council when that was abolished in 1974. The courses belong not to exclusive private clubs, not even the infamous Royal and Ancient, who merely own the club house overlooking the Old Course, but to the people of St Andrews and their visitors. OK you might have to put your name into a ballot to get on the Old Course where demand is very high almost the whole year round, but you can get on. The Trust can be found at www.standrews.org.uk
A little further up the coast there are two courses at the relatively new Fairmount Hotel. A little further still will bring you to Kingsbarns.
Scotland's oldest University
Now celebrating 600 years of academic excellence, the University is Scotland’s oldest. It remains the most sought after. Many visitors to St Andrews are pleasantly surprised to find that whilst the famous golf courses guard the entrance to the town, its historic character is underwritten by the ancient university buildings. Its contemporary character on the other hand is underwritten by the youthful bias of the students. A wonderful mix. Find out more at www.st-andrews.ac.uk
Chariots of Fire
The memorable opening sequence of the 1981 movie was filmed on the West Sands, a spectacular beach that runs the whole length of the links. Runners, as in the film, still use this beach but now share it with stunning traction kites – lightweight carts powered by kites www.standrewstractionkites.co.uk
The East Sands, close to the picturesque harbour, is more of a traditional seaside beach. Between the two are the Castle Sands, over which the walls of the Castle still loom.