Gems of St Andrews & Fife

Discover the haven of golf links in this outstanding region...

  • Beautiful scenery, top-class hotels and some of the best Championship golf courses on the planet combine to make Scotland vacations so special. Head to the Auld Toon and enjoy uncovering the hidden gems of Fife and Scotland’s South East Coast. You'll be unsurprised to know that neighbours of the Old Course are phenomenal links courses: the Castle, New & Jubilee are all outstanding in their own right, very accessible and affordable. We also recommend playing Balcomie Links at Crail and Leven Links for a truly authentic Scottish experience.

    Whilst staying in St Andrews, don't forget to take the opportunity to enter the Old Course ballot on a daily basis. This is easily done online with decent success rates for groups of 4 or less, and we'll help rearrange other tee times for you if you get on.

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  • A 4 night suggested itinerary from $835pp

    • Day 1 – Arrive at Edinburgh Airport and drive to The Albany Hotel in St Andrews (1 hour and 15 minutes drive)
    • Day 2 – Play golf at St Andrews New Course (5 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 3 – Play golf at St Andrews Jubilee Course (5 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 4 – Play golf at Crail Balcomie Links (25 minutes drive from the hotel)
    • Day 5 - Return to USA

    Not quite what you're looking for? Speak to one of our golf specialists TOLL FREE on (+1) 844.676.GOLF to tailor your own golf vacation

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      Newark Liberty International (EWR)

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      Airlines: American Airlines/US Airways

  • Handicap Restrictions
    Many of the golf courses have handicap restrictions for visiting golfers and will require to see official proof of your handicap. The primary reason for this is to ensure only seasoned golfers visit these courses and don’t hold up play.

    Old Course Ballot Entry
    We provide full support to those groups that enter the Old Course ballot and are successful. This includes rearranging any existing tee times and transport to accommodate the new tee time. Note that groups will need to enter the ballot themselves 48 hours in advance of the day of play and by 2pm that day. The results are then published at approximately 5pm that same day. Ballot entry is for a minimum of 2 golfers and only one entry is allowed per day. The Old Course is closed on Sundays.

    If you are successful, please call us as soon as possible so that we can rearrange your schedule. Success in the ballot is typically 50% to 80% depending on the time of year and payment for the Old Course tee time is made directly to the Links Trust at the starter’s hut on the day of play.

    Caddies and Carts
    The majority of the links courses have caddies available because, traditionally, they are walking courses, however we will often need to book them in advance for you. Caddies are self-employed and supply can change on a daily basis.

    With regards golf carts, these can be hard to come by on the traditional links courses and in some cases do not even exist! As with caddies, please request carts at the time of booking with us and we will do our best to reserve them for you.

    Tee Times
    Many of the golf courses you will wish to play are private golf clubs and therefore have limited tee times and restrictions on visitor play. Often demand outstrips supply, so it is never too early to begin planning your golf vacation.

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Jim Murphy

New Jersey

“"What a marvelous golf trip we had to Scotland. The whole key to our trip was you guys securing us a guaranteed tee time on St Andrews Old Course. With the help of Chris, we built a truly memorable golf holiday in Scotland, around St Andrews. We each arranged our own flights and all arrived within thirty minutes of each other. We stayed at the Lorimer House, which was very convenient to the Old Course about 2 blocks away as well as Centrally located within St Andrews. The Lorimer was very clean, and up to date. Kingsbarn was in great shape and the caddies were excellent. Next morning a good Scottish breakfast and on to the Jubilee course. A great test of golf and a real introduction to the St Andrews family of courses. Again two friendly knowledge caddies and a great day. Playing the courses in this order was perfect as tomorrow we were on the OLD COURSE. Today is the day we had been waiting for, a tee time on the Old Course. We have two new caddies who were very friendly and very confident fo r our day ahead. Pictures on the first tee in front of the R&A. And off we go into a 22 MPH wind. The Old Course was every bit as great as we had hoped and for me personally a great day as I shot well and birdied the 17th or Road Hole. The Last night we stayed in Edinburgh to be close to the airport for our flights. Chris and the team at GolfBreaks did a great job getting all the details sorted out for us. When we plan our next golf adventure we will surely call you guys again. Thanks. Jim Murphy."”

Jim Murphy

New Jersey