St Andrews Ladies' Putting Club

No trip to St Andrews is complete without a visit.

St Andrews Ladies' Putting Club

Fife, KY16 9JD, Scotland


Alister MacKenzie wrote about The St Andrews Ladies' Putting Club or Himalayas: "The most interesting putting course I have ever seen is the Ladies' Putting Course at St Andrews. Even first-class golfers consider it a privilege to be invited there and are to be found putting with the greatest enthusiasm from early morning till late at night."

Course Review
(Click to reveal)

Golf Course Review

Himalayas or St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club was founded in 1867. The young ladies waiting for their fathers and brothers playing the old course needed a place to pass the time without being harrassed by the caddies without a loop.

Old Tom Morris laid out a nine-hole miniature golf links on either side of the fisherman’s path known as ‘Jordan’. The local washerwomen used the area for drying clothes before the course was established. Initially, a cleek and putter were used to play.

The St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club Today

Today, 27 holes are laid out over the incredible undulations and only putters are used. There are 9 holes for young ones and 18 for the more experienced golfer. Usually, open from April to September, the course is changed every Wednesday offering a new challenge. It was a highlight of my golfing career to help lay out the pins on this hallowed turf in the Autumn of 2021.

The course is located to the east of the first green of the Old Course with the St Andrews Links clubhouse and the first tee of the New Course on the north side. In fact, the 2nd tee in play during the Open is located on the Himalayas!

Read More

St Andrews Ladies' Putting Club - Videos

Featured Architect: MacKenzie, Alister

As taken from his book, Golf Architecture, Alister MacKenzie felt the following were essential: The course, where possible, should be arranged in two loops of nine holes. There should be a large proportion of good two-shot holes and at least four one-shot holes. There should be little walking between...

View Profile

At A Glance





Three Star Collection
Course Next Door Collection
Old Tom Morris Collection
Best Scottish Golf Collection

Contact Details

Fife, KY16 9JD, Scotland
Visit Club Website


Evalu18 Journal

Try these featured posts from our Journal.
MacKenzie Bag Sunday Bag
Half Set
The half set movement is inherently linked to the growing subculture of retro, millennial, minimalist golf... We introduce you to it here.
Cattle and other animals roam freely at Minchinhampton Old Course.
What is Golf Course Architecture?
What is Golf Course Architecture? The answer may just be as simple and as profound as you want to make it!
St Andrews Old Course Art_Close Up
Golf Art
Refined, high-quality, modern golf art prints in small batches.