Updated: May 21, 2015
Places to Stay in St. Andrews for Golfers:Golfing at the St. Andrews Links (the famous Old Course) can be a once in a lifetime memory. On a recent trip with 5 other guys, I had to find the best accommodations for all of us that made financial sense and was in a good location compared to the golf courses. We had 3 nights in St. Andrews and wanted something beyond your basic hotel rooms. You can book hotel rooms like those at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews, but for the price you are really wasting your money, at least in my eyes. Why not go with a smaller hotel or bed and breakfast style lodging where you get more bang for the buck and are still within a 9 iron of the Old Course. I started my search online about 8 months before our trip (April 2010) and found lots of options for our group instead of being stuck in crowded hotel rooms. I knew if we had to bite the bullet the Macdonald Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews was a solid option, but I wanted to rent a house that could accommodate 6 golfers.
One of the first places I came across was the Dunvegan Hotel which is quite popular amongst golfers in this region. The owners are Jack & Sheena Willoughby and they are great hosts. Although we did not ultimately stay with them, we went into their Lounge Bar several times over the 3 days. They were good enough to serve us breakfast one day, even though that is supposedly just for hotel guests. Also, the final night of the Master Tournament, we were in the Jiggers Inn at the Old Course Hotel and if you can believe it, they kicked us out at 11PM sharp, which meant we had to go somewhere else to watch the last few holes of the Masters. It seemed ironic at the time and my friends were definitely a little upset at the audacity of the Old Course hotel to do something like that - they could have made an exception to allow us to watch perhaps the biggest golf tournament of the year. What we ended up doing was walking over to the Dunvegan for drinks and the final few holes. They know how to do things right compared to the larger hotel chains in this area. If you want to spend $250 to $450 a night, then go with the Old Course Hotel (run by Kohler) or the Macdonalds Rusack Hotel. Both are exceptionally nice, but perhaps not best for golfers wanting to enjoy themselves. Back to my search for lodging in the small town of St. Andrews. I am a big fan of rental houses - especially when you have a larger group that can share the costs and enjoy the vacation living in a house versus small hotel rooms. If you venture onto the website VRBO.com - you will find several apartments and rental houses right in the city center of St. Andrews that are available for rent. Some are closer to the Old Course than others, but they are offer something unique. We ended staying at a place located at 5 Gillespie Wynd, the perfect location for golfers. The house is small and there are 3 rooms setup for 6 golfers or 3 couples.