The Old Course rests on Sundays. The golf course closes on Sunday to players and opens its doors to local residents so that they can enjoy walking the grounds. This rule is only broken in exceptional circumstances, such as the final round of the British Open.
Places sell out quickly for this event, which was first held in 1974. The number of participants is limited: 80 in April and 40 in October. For those who have been left without tickets this year, the dates for the 2017 event have already been published. St Andrews Golf Week includes the chance to improve your playing standards by attending golf lessons given by professionals from the PGA, organisers of the American golf tour. Once you’ve improved your technique, it’s time to put it to the test in the individual and team competitions that are held daily.
Your ticket entitles you to play on the most famous course, the Old Course. Boasting six centuries of history, this course has seen victories by players who represent the essential spirit of golf, such as Severiano Ballesteros, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. As well as the legendary Old Course, St Andrews has four other courses: The New Course, The Jubilee Course, Kingsbarns Golf Links and The Castle Course. All of them defy conventional design and architectural limitations and form a natural part of the scenery.