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Private Tours of Scotland: Golfing in St Andrews

Friday, January 02, 2015

Golf enthusiasts embarking on a Classic Scotland Golf Tour will want to visit St. Andrews, the home of golf. Here you see the Royal and Ancient Golf Club and the World’s oldest and most famous 18 hole golf course, the Old Course.

The first reference to golf was in 1457 when James II banned golf and football as they were distracting people from archery practice. An ancient right away called Granny Clark’s Wynd cots through the first and eighteenth fairways of the Old Course.

Before 1764 the Old Course had 22 holes, four of which were merged with the others to make 18 and this eventually became the standard number for a round of golf.

Your golf tour can include a stay at the prestigious  5 star Old Course Hotel and a round of golf on the Old Course. Early booking with Classic Scotland Tours is recommended as these become booked rapidly each year. If you do not wish to play a round here your private tour guide can walk you around the course according to your wishes.

The town of St Andrews is a beautiful seaside resort and the three main streets are lined with boutique shops, medieval churches and college buildings. There are numerous restaurants and bars, catering for the students who attend the famous University here. St Andrews University is the oldest in Scotland and was founded in 1410. It was home to the first female student in Britain in 1862 and in 1838 Sir David Brewster, inventor of the kaleidoscope, became Principal. The students still wear red gowns, as worn by their medieval predecessors.

Your Scottish Blue Badge Tour Guide will explain the history of the town as you explore the streets, the ruined castle and medieval cathedral. The town began in the 4th Century when a monk called St Rule was instructed in a dream to rescue the relics of St Andrew and take them ‘to the ends of the Earth’ for safe keeping. St Rule returned from Greece and housed the relics in a small chapel in St Andrews. The relics disappeared during the Reformation, but the legend lives on.



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