St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
It’s the legend, the Mecca, the hallowed home of golf. Bobby Jones himself said that if he could only play one course for the rest of his life, this was where he would grow old. St Andrews is a common name on the bucket lists of most golfers – and there’s a good reason why. The original links course, this course changes as much as the local weather does. Be prepared for changing winds; know that on some days your driver will barely reach the fairway, while the same hole may require a 3 wood or less to finish close to the green when the wind is behind you.
The Road Hole is arguably the most famous hole in golf and has been the setting for many a dramatic moment in tournaments, including The Open. Ben Crenshaw summed it up when he said “The reason the Road Hole is the greatest par four in the world is because it’s a par five”. Walking down this fairway, you are literally following in the footsteps of every famous golfer that has played the game. One would forgive the locals for being somewhat tired of catering for the constant flow of golfing tourists, but you are likely to find quite the opposite as tourists are often asked about their game or even invited to play a round at their famous course. As if anyone goes there without wanting to play it!
(Image by Charlie Dave on Flickr)