St. Andrews Journals

Historic St Andrews

A June 1998 trip to St. Andrews by clarkie

The Russell Hotel Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland More Photos
Quote: Visiting the Royal and Ancient St Andrews is a must for passionate golfers and for passionate historians and we were not disappointed.

Historic St Andrews

Overview

The Royal and Ancient Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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St Andrews is a short drive from Edinburgh, a favourite city I will write about later. On the coast you at first wonder what all the fuss is about. The true home of golf--you mean this is where it all started amongst windswept sand dunes in 1400 ad--but Augusta it is not. Do not expect green fairways and lush trees and gardens. However stay a wee while and you will enjoy the splendour that is unique to this links style old course and its historical presence. There are 4 other courses that you can play on. A game on the Old Course requires a letter of introduction and many months advance notice unless you know someone as we did. There is a magnificent Old Course Resort Hotel and Spa adjacent to the 17...Read More
The Russell Hotel Photo, St. Andrews, Scotland
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Good old fashioned guesthouse/hotel with our upstairs room overlooking the sea and a short walk from St. Andrews Old Course. The room was most comfortable with tea and coffee making facilities and our own private bathroom. Breakfast was traditional Scottish and included porridge, haggis, and oatcakes. The Russell was popular for golfers and we befriended a number of travelers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

The Russell Hotel
26 The Scores
St. Andrews Fife, Scotland KY16 9AS
01334 473447

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We were so very lucky as we knew the 'Starter' at the golf course as he had been a member of our club in Sydney-Castle Cove. He and his wife arranged for my husband to play golf and to attend a dinner dance at the old club house. We had a wonderful time. On arrival for dinner, I had to go in the Ladies' side door -- only men could go through the front door. Dinner was traditional Scottish -- smoked salmon and a choice of roast with delicious desserts. We drank whisky and wine of course. At the dance, there were many men in kilts and we danced all night, having a sensational time. Afterwards we went to the home of our hosts and sang and danced and drank whisky till the wee small hours. A very special m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Clubhouse at the course
St. Andrews Golf Course
St. Andrews, Scotland