St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club

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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. 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.

Today, 27 holes are laid out over the incredible undulations and only putters are used. 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.

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!

No Higher Praise!

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."


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