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The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews

St. Andrews, Scotland
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Ranked #13 of 32 Attractions in St. Andrews
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Golf Courses
Description: The ruling authority of the game of golf that decides rules of the game, organizes tournaments and serves as a private members club.
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Highland, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Another of the Shrines at the Mecca of Golf. However you are not allowed in or even to sit on the porch. However just the presence and knowing all the greats that have been here is awesome.

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I was honoured to be shown around this magnificent property by a member, it's just amazing. The Claret Jug and the Solheim Cup were on display in the foyer, the other oak panelled rooms including 'the big room' were so special. Paintings of past golfers from the 1800's adorned the walls, the personal service offered by the bar staff was... More

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Alabama
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226 reviews 226 reviews
44 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

To a golfer this is Meca. You must go. Watch the golfers. Walk the course on Sundays, Go down to the beach. Have a drink at the Old Course Hotel, buy a shirt for everyone back home. They will love you for it.

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Inverurie, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I worked here for six months. It's like stepping back into the 1800s, in some ways. Certainly a number of members date back to around about the Georgian times. That said, the staff are superb and Peter Dawson is the perfect gentleman and I do feel somewhat privileged to have been in the bowels of it, into the Big Room... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

For any golfer, and as a special treat this Course has to be played. The course is all about the 1st, 17th and 18th holes but the scenery as you play round is really beautiful. It can be nerve wracking as people stand and watch you tee-off - especially at the 1st and 18th. However, people flock to the Swilken... More

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205 reviews 205 reviews
60 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A cold and cloudy day along the North Sea was the perfect setting for my husband's first glimpse of The Royal & Ancient. We were not there to play golf, but to stop by the clubhouse for a labeled golf tee and a bag tag. Hurray!

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Brisbane, Australia
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181 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Finally got to see the home of golf. We were amazed at the sheer size of it and the number of people playing. Driving around it you can get a good view of most of the course but be careful of the narrow roads with traffic and in particular the tour buses. You can travel a long way alongside by... More

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Very special club house from which decisions affecting golf around the world are made. Fun to watch all of the players on the first tee that are so excited to be playing "The Old Course"

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Oxford, Mississippi
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

While this is the holy grail for golfers, it will be a bit of a disappointment for regular folks. Not colorful and lush like American courses, and the number one course starts, surprisingly, in the midst of the city (which is, by the way, beautiful, friendly, and worth visiting).

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Halifax, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Wonderfully easy access to the course. For even us weekend golfers there is a feeling of awe. Surprising lack of snobbery!

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