If you love the great game, the East Neuk needs little introduction, for Treescape lies a mere 20 minute drive from St Andrews, the R&A and the Old Course. But there are so many more wonderful places to play in this golf-mad corner of Scotland.
But before we get onto them, a few words about your golfing base here at Treescape. We have a large store shed for bags and trollies; magazines and books on the game are scattered around the home. And, of course, we have a full Sky Sports package so you won’t miss a single putt or pulled tee shot in all the big tournaments.
Here are just a few of the courses we’d particularly recommend, all of which welcome visitors. Though we’d always suggest booking ahead, particularly in peak season, last minute tee times are often available.
Few courses are loved more than the game’s spiritual home here in St Andrews. But perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Old Course, is that it is open to all. Discover all there is to know about its history and, more importantly, how you can secure a precious tee time here. And while you’re there, why not book a slot on one of the six other courses governed by the St Andrews Links Trust.
Owned by the famous Old Course Hotel, this is a lush parkland course perched on a hill above the town. So, if your game is going awry, then at least you can contemplate the wide-reaching views of St Andrews and the sea and reflect that you’re not in the office.
Twenty minutes from Treescape, Kingsbarns Golf Links may be a relatively recent addition to the area’s championship courses, but the game has been played here since 1793. Regularly voted one of the world’s best, it plays host to the Dunhill Links Championship every October.
The Golf House Club of Elie
James Braid, that legendary Open champion and course designer, was a local here and learnt his trade on this challenging little links. Both charming and challenging, it’s popular with members and visitors alike. And on what other course does the starter use a 30ft periscope to see if the fairways are clear along the first?
Lundin Golf Club
A 10 minute drive finds you at another charming links course with stunning sea views. A regular final qualifying course for the Open Championship at St Andrews, it’s a classic links course and another triumph for its designer James Braid.
Lundin Ladies Golf Club
The oldest ladies club in Scotland, though it now allows men to play too, this challenging little 9-hole course was also designed by James Braid.
Fairmont Golf Courses
There are two links courses attached to The Fairmont St Andrews resort, both hugging the coastline to the south of St Andrews. The Torrance, as the name suggests, was originally designed by Sam is a qualifying course for The Open when its held at St Andrews. The Kittocks was designed by Gene Sarazen.
Lying ten miles north of St Andrews, on the banks of the Firth of Tay, Scotscraig is another Open qualifying course. A links/heathland mix that tests your all-round game, it’s a keenly-priced course with a friendly welcome.
If pure parkland courses are more your bag, then you’ll find the perfectly formed Ladybank is a beautiful course, flanked by heather, pine and silver birch. 40 minutes and you’re there.