I am playing St. Andrews with 3 mates next wednesday(4th April) for the first time. Can't wait as it has been a dream of mine to play at the home of golf. We are playing the Jubilie course on the tuesday as a warm up. We have as yet no course booked for the thursday and would be grateful if you could recommend one to me, we are thinking of playing carnoustie but not sure if three days of links golf might kill us!!!
A great outing!
Lundin, as already proposed, is very nice. Leven Links, the complementing course of the next village, is even better but a hard links course IMHO (played both of them).
We also played both courses of Crail / Balcomie, quite close to St.Andrews. I'd recommend one of them for a leisure day. The Balcomie is a real links course while the other is more inland.
If you are up for something different and don't mind an hour's drive, try Burntisland Golf Course, a testy and undulating parkland course with views to the Firth of Forth.
More picturesque is the wee course of Anstruther (9 holes) with the hardest Par 3 in Britain - my bogey felt like a par there. Good food in the clubhouse restaurant or in the famous Fish&Chips outlet at the harbour.
Carnoustie is said to be very hard - I'm dreaming of going there.
Other than that, a spontaneous recommendation by a local might lead to an unknown gem in the shade of those great courses.
I'm curious which one, the Old or Jubilee or any other, you will like best in the end.
Come back and report please!