The Swilcan Bridge
The Swilcan Bridge
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The famous Swilcan Bridge on the 18th hole of the Old Course at the Home of Golf. The bridge was originally built over 700 years ago so shepherds could move their flock across the Swilcan Burn which meanders through what is now the 1st and 18th fairways. Today the Swilcan Bridge, with the 'Auld Grey Toun' providing the most beautiful of backdrops, is one of the most iconic settings in golf. So much more than a little stone crossing, the Swilcan Bridge is the history of the game, it's the magic moments, it's felt the footsteps of the true greats.
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Alan L
Glasgow, UK44 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
If you visit St Andrews and have an interest in golf you just have to have an iconic picture taken on the Swilcan Bridge. All of the great golfers over time have all crossed over the swilcan with many stopping to have a photo taken for ongoing posterity. Where else can you enter such a historic sporting arena and simply wander about taking the customary photographs - course is closed on Sundays and public free to walk on/across the famous links.
While many others will be doing the same just wait your turn and in not too long you are posing on the bridge like others before you. What a wonderful experience - a must for all golfers !
Written October 4, 2020
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Nilindy
Glasgow, UK1,133 contributions
Feb 2020
Perhaps the most iconic view in golf; the old bridge over the Swilken burn with the R&A clubhouse in the background. No sportsman can ask for more. Was a bit like the zebra crossing on Abbey Road with queues of non-golfing tourists waiting for a chance to be “snapped” while crossing the bridge.
Written March 27, 2020
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5moreminutes
Ohio57 contributions
Apr 2022
It's awesome to look at and even more awesome to cross at the end of your round when you were in the queue at 3:00AM. Should be a rule that you cant cross unless you are a citizen of the town or are playing the course. It was amzing to see the number of folks that just trotted over from the street to take the glam picture.
Written July 22, 2022
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ellen_t33
Louisville, KY15 contributions
Feb 2020
Swilcan Bridge does make for a good photo. It's just as beautiful as you'd imagine and quite easy to locate. Heads up though (literally) as golfers will be in action all around you and be sure to keep an eye out for anyone playing that hole. It is a very active golf course, but no one seems to mind if you dodge out onto the course to take a few photos, so long as you don't disturb anyone.
Written March 6, 2020
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stevenmarshall2017
Glasgow, UK31 contributions
Jan 2020
Visiting St. Andrews had to have a picture on the bridge. Easy access, made sure didn't disturb any golfers. If I paid that kind of money to play wouldn't want my gane disturbed especially on the iconic 18th.
Written January 29, 2020
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paul19602013
Brighton, UK856 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Having visited the famous bridge at Augusta I was pleased to visit the Swilcan Bridge. Easy access when we were there and able to take photos and walk across the bridge.Lovely views of the 18th and the 17th holes.
Written October 6, 2021
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Kaisersmith
Leeds, UK204 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
You can’t come to St Andrews without stepping onto the Swilcan Bridge. To make your experience better go on a Sunday when the Old Course is closed to play but free to stroll around. You literally are walking on a piece of history !
There wasn’t much of a wait for a photo opportunity.
Highly recommended.
Written September 17, 2020
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rgmusicom
Dundee, UK29 contributions
Dec 2013 • Friends
This is just a bridge. It's a small stone bridge crossing a tiny channel of water. It's one of many bridges crossing that same channel of water.

I liked the fact that it allowed me to cross from one side of the water to the other without having to pole-vault or wade.

What I disliked was that were were no souvenir shops on the bridge, no refreshment stands offered. Nope, nothing. Just a small stone bridge.
Written December 19, 2013
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olibot
Bishop Auckland, UK1,250 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
I have seen this iconic little bridge many times whilst watching the golf on tv. It was great to see it and the Old Course in real life!
Written April 8, 2019
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dingus83
Scotland20 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
One of the most iconic symbols of world golf. A must-see (and must stand on!) when you visit St Andrews. Doesn't cost anything to visit and, to be honest, there isn't much to it. But when you consider EVERY famous golfer who has ever played the game has strolled over it, from Tom Morris to Tiger Woods, then you're walking in the steps of history. Only warning is to make sure no golfers are teeing off on the 18th tee when you wander over to it. And get out of the way smartish when golfers are about to play. Best day to visit is a Sunday when the Old Course is closed and you can wander anywhere on the famous links.
Written February 27, 2016
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