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St Andrews Himalayas putting course

At St Andrews we'd love to play the Himalayas putting course. Rick's guidebook says no high heels allowed, which is quite logical -- but my question is, are the footwear regulations stricter than that?

Does the Himalayas putting course allow you to wear regular street shoes with leather soles provided the heel is no higher than, say, 1-1/2 inches (2.5 cm)? Or do you have to have rubber-soled shoes? What about boots, ditto: if the heel is low, are they allowed? We'd rather not take up suitcase space with golf shoes on our Scotland trip as we won't actually be playing any golf. But, we don't want to miss out on the fun of Himalayas simply because of unacceptable shoes.

Also, is St Andrews a realistic day trip from Edinburgh by train or rental car? Train schedule looks doable, but any advice from those who know would be appreciated!

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To get to St Andrews from Edinburgh, you'd take the train to Leuchars station. From there you'd catch a bus to St Andrews. A same day return train ticket is about £15. I don't know how much the bus into town costs.

It has been about 15 years since I did the Himalayas Putting Course. The cost then was about £2 and I had a blast.. You don't need to wear golf shoes to play the course. I don't remember players wearing shoes with heels.

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