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- Weather helped but an unbelievable experience at the beach next to the home of golf. Would have been good if more cafes etc but ok if bringing food.Written 18 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Looked a bit tired on the outside but great once you're in. Smallish standard aquarium but then there are seals, penguins and meerkats. Seal feeding time was great.Written 31 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great beach, even in the winter, dog walking, children's play park. In the spring/summer cafe at the harbour, can sit and watch the world go by, and further along near the children's play park a sandwich/toastie /ice cream shop. Plenty of choice and a great beach with stunning views. Take your own picnic and sit a little further up on the grass.Written 10 July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Well organised parking. There is an amazing guy called Owen, who works tirelessly, keeping the beach carpark organisedOwen, the car park attended is a wonderful guy. The last few times its been traffic chaos! Selfish parking, causing traffic jam and frayed temperatures!
I felt compelled to write this after being told that on numerous occasions, people have been extremely abusive towards him and one occasion, a van was driven "at him"!
He makes it all go like clock workWritten 25 September 2022
- Great layout. Challenging but fair golf course in fantastic condition, with stunningly beautiful views. All of the caddies with our group of 12 were excellent. This course is not to be missed on a visit to Scotland.Written 22 August 2022
- St. Andrews Links is a place like no other! We were drawn there, of course, by the 600 year history, the Swilcan Bridge, and all the golf legends (including Mary, Queen of Scots) who have played the famous Old Course. The majesty and beauty of the Old Course and the buildings surrounding the 18th was awe-inspiring.
What we didn't expect was a magical golf-land, with 7 courses to accommodate all levels of play. We didn't expect £40 greens fees (for us that was about $44 per person) on the Strathyrum 18 hole course, which was designed for beginners (hubby can play, the rest of us not-so-well) and is utterly beautiful. We surely didn't expect to just book a tee time a week before we arrived and have rental clubs waiting for us (even lefties) at check in. That course was so forgiving, it was a blast to play!
We didn't realize that St. Andrews Links is common land owned by the town of St. Andrews. What that means is that the public can walk down the designated paths around the course, and cross over the 1st/18th fairways on a little road that bisects the property. Dogs, apparently are welcome, too, as folks playing our course brought their well-behaved pets onto the tees and down the fairways! The people who work at the pro-shops, the gift shops, and give the walking tours were so kind, informed, and gracious. What a surprise! The place was built for the commoner and it still has that friendly vibe.
We just happened to be going to St. Andrews for a wedding at the University and never dared to dream that we would be able to play golf at St. Andrews Links! We also booked their 1/18/17 hole walking tour, which we found on their website. The gentleman who guided us shared some excellent insider stories about famous golfers' experiences on those specific holes. We also then had the opportunity to have our photo taken on the Swilcan Bridge! So awesome.
The beauty of this area is unparalleled. The town is absolutely charming, the delicious food and the course view from 18 at Rusacks (the hotel next to the 18th hole) are must-do experiences. Even if you don't golf, go walk the "road hole" path. You can witness some expert amateur golfing by those lucky and talented enough to play the Old Course, while breathing in fresh North Sea air. An unexpected sidebar trip of a lifetime. Wow.Written 26 August 2022
- Kid’s Summer Holiday Activity Week - brilliant introduction to paddle boarding and surfing for 11 year old!My son did a Mon-Fri 2 hour school holidays surf school course. We are moving to Australia soon and I wanted him to get more comfortable with open water sports. We go on holiday to St Andrews every year and it was fantastic to find Blown Away when I googled (we also noticed advertising boards at East Sands near where we stay as well).
Absolutely loved the online booking option which was added, as I’d had trouble getting through on the phone (having a lot of other admin to juggle at the moment!) - this made it super easy. I wonder in the future if it will be possible to mostly fill in the consent form online too, as that would probably save time on the first day of the course.
We got there on Monday a bit stressed due to other issues, but staff were welcoming and calming and parking was a breeze nearby at that time of day, so it was a really great start. All necessary equipment is provided (we had bought some swim shorts to go under the wetsuit easily, as my son normally wears boardies). This was my son’s (aged 11) first experience of wearing a full wetsuit, and staff gave some guidance and help as to how to best put it on and adjust. Doing the course over the week definitely helped him get more comfortable and adept at this and I know this will help in the future in Australia too.
The first day they did paddle boarding, which he absolutely loved. Tuesday-Thursday was surfing, which he found harder (as he suffers from mild dyspraxia/coordination issues), but he still enjoyed himself, and said how nice the instructors were. In our experience, if you have a ‘non sporty’ child, it’s crucial that teachers are understanding, encouraging and skilled - whereas a ‘naturally sporty’ child will do well and have a good time even under less good instruction (we’ve seen this in the past with skiing lessons outside of school, both good and bad!). So the fact that my son enjoyed himself and liked the week absolutely shows how good the Blown Away instructors are - my son would simply not have been positive about the experience (which was challenging for him) if this weren’t the case. He showed us some of the techniques that they learnt for standing up on the board, and although he had some bigger falls in the water (of course!), he wasn’t put off long term by that.
On Friday they did rockpool adventuring, which he really enjoyed too. The only thing we would have liked would maybe have been doing some kayaking or more paddle boarding to break up to surfing, given he found that tricky and harder work, but understandably the week’s activities are dependent on the water conditions and it is a surf school, so you can’t really complain! 😂
The surf shack is brilliantly located on West Sands - you are near to Dooks for coffee/food, and one day I walked with my niece on the beach and could watch surf school at a distance. Parking is close and easy (except when the weather got really nice, but even then we didn’t have to park too far away). The length of time for the kids’ activities week of 2 hours was perfect too - not too long in the water or too much, but long enough to get a good lesson/session in (and for parents to go and do something else! If you are a golfer you could just pop over to the course without even moving your car). We bought some merchandise (towelling poncho, t shirt and a beanie) which are all nice quality.
I’ve been recommending the course to other parents since I got home and my niece is excited to do it in a few years (age minimum is 8 years, which felt right - most children the week we did it seemed to be around my son’s age or a little older). My son wants to get a paddle board in Australia - we will definitely do more paddle boarding lessons there, and I think we will do
some surfing lessons there too, which he will be more open to after this experience. It’s given him and us a lot of confidence and I would definitely try some of the adult sessions on paddle boarding and kayaking int he future - hopefully we’ll be back from Australia before too long to do so.
Fantastic - thank you for a great week!Written 27 August 2022
- A bucket item ticked off here and was not disappointed. Was surprised that you could walk the course freely as long as it didn't interfere with the golf then all was good. Has the obliquetry photo taken on the bridge. It was a calm day the day we were there and it just seemed so serene. A trip to the gift shop for a few souvenirs also a requirement.Written 7 April 2020
- Just returned from 5 days golf tuition with hubby (been playing in excess of 40yrs) and myself (been playing since Oct 20).
Self-catering accommodation was included, flat was centrally located for easy walk to shops/pubs and easy access to golf courses including famous Old Course and essential photo opportunity on Swilcan bridge.
George was so welcoming and put us at our ease immediately. Every morning was one to one golf tuition including trackman assessments, then on to outdoor practice area and the driving range at the golf academy.
Played the Strathtyrum Course with our pro (George) on one of the afternoons while the other 4 afternoons were spent on the Balgove Course (included in the package) honing the skills and drills from the morning sessions in the studio.
I have returned home more knowledgeable about the game of golf, the exercise’s you can do to improve your flexibility and essentially more confident in my ability. I will of course pick up some bad habits as I go along so I will return to St Andrews Golf Academy for refreshers as this is an excellent facility and not only for golfers but great for visitors/holiday makers/ students for a fun Trackman activity on a wet afternoon in Scotland. To sum up, it’s 5 stars from me. Oh, and last day training with George was Fri 16th Sept and finished 2nd in the ladies' medals final on Sun 18th Sept, really chuffed.Written 18 September 2022
- Everything about the Castle golf course was fantastic, course has unbelievable views, tough in parts but very enjoyable.
Restaurant and bar overlooking the 9th and 18th is great just to go for food.Written 2 April 2022
- Amazing curation of courses, outstanding and friendly service! We played the New Course, Old Course, Kingsbarns (highly recommend), Carnoustie and Dumbarnie in 5 straight days. Breakfast and Lunch were provided each day, and for Dinner we took an shuttle into town to walk around St. Andrew’s and eat at a local pub - easy to get a taxi back to the hotel. The team members for The Experience St. Andrews were first class. Every driver we had was friendly and seemed to really enjoy talking about the history of the country, the game and golf in general. Worth every penny.Written 17 June 2022
- The new course is a great opener to St. Andrews Links. While the Old gets all the glory (earned in my opinion), the new course has a lot of similarities and challenges and provides a great round of golf.
John, our caddie for the round, was a wonderful addition to our round and I'd suggest for the first time to take a caddie with you as while you could get around without one, the history and learning experience with one is not to be cast aside.
The course when we played was in good shape, the greens rolling true and the wind was up. While it's not a long course, the wind really lengthened the back nine all which seemed straight into the fan. Still, with John guiding us, we had a great round and enjoyed this links as much as others on our trip.Written 22 March 2022
- Fantastic course, Fantastic Condition and fantastic staff.
I played the Dukes this Friday and was blown away. What a layout and greens probably the best I've played in last 10 years.
The experience from meeting Graham and his team in the pro-shop to enjoying a post game drink and food with Sophie and her team in the lounge was first class. Friendly, helpful and very professional.Written 7 August 2022
- Great track played in early October would defiantly visit again without a doubt only criticism the hotel starter hut and driving range all split in different areas a little bit confusing but again I cannot wait to visit and play again hopefully next yearWritten 13 October 2021
- Great friendly welcome from Kat and Shirley behind the bar .
First time playing St.Michaels , we will be back for more . Course was great condition , brilliant par 3’s , smashing wee clubhouse and food . Thanks ladies for making our day .Written 13 July 2022
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