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TRAVEL

by Madelyn Miller

Best known internationally as "The Home of Golf", St. Andrews is steeped in Scottish history, offering castles and countrysides, picturesque fishing villages and a choice of 30 golf courses, including the world famous Old Course.

Golf was first played here in 1400 AD and is generally recognized as the world's oldest course. Reservations for the Old Course are allocated a year beforehand. Your handicap certificate and a letter of introduction from your golf club is required. Interestingly, the golf courses in St. Andrews are owned by the town of St. Andrews itself. All five courses are run by the Links Trust, which was established in 1974 by an Act of Parliament.

The newest course, which opened this spring is Duke's course. With majestic views over St. Andrews, the coastline to Arbroath and the countryside to the Highlands, the championship Duke's Course was designed by five-time Open winner, Peter Thomson. This typically Scottish, inland par 72, 7200 yard

course is the first inland course to be constructed at St. Andrews and adds contrast to the existing choice of courses at St. Andrews. It also makes St. Andrews the largest golf complex in Europe.

Like other famous hotels such as Gleneagles and Turnberry, the Old Course Hotel was originally owned by British Transport whose train services gave them access to some of the finest properties in the country. This prestigious five-star hotel, adjacent to the 17th Fairway of the Old course, has many rooms with views over the five 18-hole golf courses. There is nowhere else in the world where you will find yourself surrounded by this many great golf courses.

32 APRIL 2010

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