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St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

4.7 / 5

27 reviews

Activity provider: St Andrews Tours

St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

Activity provider: St Andrews Tours

From US$ 17.10 per person

Take part in a golf-orientated historical tour of St Andrews. Your guide will be author and historian Richard Falconer, who will provide a passionate insight into what makes St Andrews so unique.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover lesser-known aspects about the game of golf in St. Andrews, along with its long historical associations
  • Visit sites frequented by golfing giants over the years along with the graves of noted pioneers of the game
  • Take a tour appropriate for anyone with a cursory interest in finding out more about St. Andrews
Full description
After meeting your guide outside the Russell Hotel you will hear about the Martyrs Monument, the alleged former site of the 1st tee. Situated by the British Golf Museum this is the site of a former quarry where you will hear about what lies beneath, including its significance when golf was banned in the 1400s. You'll then head across to the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the famed Old Course, where you will hear about some of the quarks of the game which have shaped its remarkable history. You'll then pass along the route of an old "19th hole" which was once frequented by Bing Crosby and was also renamed "1 Nike Place" for a week during the 2015 Open Championships. Following that, visit the Dunvegan Hotel where you can admire its many golfing photos. You will then see the former birthplace of Old Tom Morris before heading into the quadrangle of St. Salvator’s College to learn about Scotland's oldest university alongside a darker side of St. Andrews' past. Along with a few other points of interest along the way, the cathedral grounds are the next landmark on the tour. Resting there are some 124 golfing greats, including some of the Tom Morris family and Allan Robertson. Walking then along the beautiful coastline, you'll overlook St. Andrews Bay as you travel to the former Archbishops Palace where the darker history of the town continues. It is there that your guide will succinctly put golf and the history of St. Andrews into perspective. From there you'll travel further along university buildings, the Principals House, and the residence where Prince William and Kate spent their first year as students. The tour then finishes back at the Russell Hotel where you can relax and ponder the many heady days of St. Andrews.
  • Golf history walking tour of St. Andrews from the Old Course to the historic quarters of the town
  • Professional English-speaking guide: author and historian
  • Entrance to buildings
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Restaurant bookings
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with a cold

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Meeting point

Tours meet outside the Russell Hotel. Please be on time. All tours start prompt at the due start time (we do not wait!)

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Participants must have a fluent command of English to enjoy the best possible experience on this tour
  •  No dogs are allowed on the tour
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult in their charge
  • Children under 5 years old are free of charge
  • Strictly no alcohol is to be consumed on the tour and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated (anyone under the influence of alcohol may be asked to leave without a refund)
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4.7 /5

based on 27 reviews

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Richard was our guide and very knowledgeable about the history of St Andrews. We were a small group of four plus Richard and he was very patient as we got side tracked looking at all the amazing historical sites along our tour. I would highly recommend his tour as a must do while here. His knowledge and experience as a caddy at St Andrews gave us insite to a broader sense of the game we love and its connection to the Burgh of St Andrews University and the town.

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September 10, 2022

I booked the golf history tour for my Husband as he loves golf, I am not a fan of golf but still found the tour enjoyable. Our tour guide Richard was very informative. There was only myself and husband on the tour so felt like we had a private tour with a few laughs on the way. The first part of tour was golf orientated then a lovely walk to the university where kate and William met and the older part of St Andrews which Richard tied in nicely by bringing it back to golf. Would highly recommend this tour.

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October 20, 2021

September 5, 2022

Product ID: 353306