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The Old Course: How to get a tee time

Playing the Old Course at St Andrews is the holy grail of golf. The opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the game’s legends and enjoy the unique challenge the Old Course presents is undoubtedly a memorable experience.

Five of the Best: Old Course bunkers

The Old Course at St Andrews has 112 bunkers. They range in size from ‘barely big enough to accommodate an angry golfer and their wedge’ to ‘almost as big as a football field’. These sand traps, perhaps more than any other feature, define the challenge of the Old Course. Here the College Links Golf team […]

Five of the best: Driveable par fours

One of the greatest thrills in golf is going for glory on a short par four. Fortunately for visiting golfers, Scotland has dozens of heart-stopping examples to choose from.  Here, the College Links Golf team selects five of our favourite drivable par fours . . . Third hole, Castle Stuart, Highlands Castle Stuart, on the shores […]

A superstar in the making: Head-to-head with Jon Rahm

The journeys taken by talented players, particularly during college golf, are filled with fascinating stories;  moments and matches that will remember forever. The College Links Golf team has been privileged to share in some of these moments and in a series called ‘A Moment To Remember’, we’re going to bring some of them back to […]

Five of the best: Opening tee shots

Standing on the first tee is always a good feeling. There’s a tingle of anticipation at the prospect of 18 holes which is hard to describe but easy to recognise. Sometimes that feeling is made even more special by the circumstances in which you find yourself. There are some first tees that push a button […]

In praise of . . . Dunbar

The county of East Lothian is rich in golfing heritage. It’s home to the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, based at majestic Muirfield; the ancient Open Championship venue of Old Musselburgh, the unique West Links at North Berwick and a host of championship-standard layouts along the coast such as Gullane number one, Luffness New, Archerfield […]

Five of the best: Shoreline holes

Many of Scotland’s finest golf courses are defined by their relationship with the sea. It’s impact includes the distinctive linksland soil on which the game is played to the winds that whip in over the waves and can change the character of a layout in the blink of any eye. Sometimes the sea intervenes more […]

Five of the best: Tiny par threes

So much of the discussion around modern golf is about power and distance but sometimes the game still requires a delicate touch. This is never more true than when standing on the tee of a par three with nothing more than a wedge in your hand. Without the defence of raw distance, ultra-short holes rely […]

Five of the best: Three-shot par fives

In today’s game, many par fives aren’t really par fives any more, as they can be reached comfortably in two shots. But some long holes still play the old-fashioned way: ‘three-shotters’ where strategy is key and skilfully positioning an approach is critical. Here are some of our favourites: Fourth hole, Trump International The par five […]

Five of the best: Bunker-free holes

Golf’s first bunkers were entirely natural. Patches of sand on the linksland, unearthed over time by the wind and rain, or created by burrowing animals seeking respite from the Scottish weather. As the game developed, bunkers evolved too, into the defined sand traps we know today. Some holes, however, didn’t need to evolve. Holes that […]