The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course opened in 2008, making it the seventh course at the Home of Golf. Scotsman architect David McLay Kidd, creator of Bandon Dunes, transformed featureless farmland with more than a mile of clifftop waterfront into a “modern links” comparable to Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart.
The setting is striking with wonderful views of St Andrews, plus a collection of seaside holes played along, around and over the cliffs. The holes on each nine play up from the clubhouse to higher ground before gliding back down toward the North Sea.
The feature hole is No. 17, a three par played across a ravine requiring a “do or die swing” where anything short or right is gone. A caddie is well worth your employ at the Castle Course if for no other reason than your tee shots: the line you want is seldom the one you see. Approaches allow play for bump and run as well as pitches into the heavily contoured greens.
Golfing on the edge of paradise in the Home of Golf ~ The Castle Course, St Andrews.
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