Guided tour

St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

4.2 / 5

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St. Andrews: Golf History Tour

From $21.88 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 all-round insight into what makes St. Andrews so unique.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • 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.
Includes
  • 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 Richard Falconer
  • Entrance to buildings
  • Refreshments
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Restaurant bookings
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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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

Know before you go

  • Participants must understand English well
  •  No dogs are allowed on these tours
  •  This tour will take place rain or shine
  • Please contact for availability if there are more than 10 people looking to book
  • Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 5 reviews

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  • Value for money
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Richard was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about St Andrews and it’s history.

September 14, 2021

A really good tour. You learn about the golf origins as well as the beautiful town and it’s fascinating history. Our guide Richard was engaging, spoke clearly and answered all questions we had. Would thoroughly recommend!

August 27, 2021

This tour is very misleading. It is being advertised as a Golf history tour when in fact it is just a history of St. Andrews village. While it’s informative I was lead to believe this tour would be golf centric which it definitely was not.

August 21, 2021

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