Really needs no introduction… However The Old Course is the oldest course in the world and was first played 600 years ago yet it remains a true test of championship golf. Despite its reputation and status, it is still a public course and closed on Sundays.
Site of the 2010 Open Championship
The course is known for its particular physical features including 112 bunkers, some of which are especially famous e.g. 'Hell' on the long 14th, 'Strath' on the short 11th and the Road Bunker at what is probably the most famous golf hole in the world, the 17th or Road Hole (so called because a road - which is in play - runs hard against the back edge of the green).
Another peculiar feature of the Old Course is the double greens where the outward and inward holes are cut on the same putting surface. These greens are large, not surprisingly, and golfers can be faced with putts of almost 100 yards.
Opened in April 1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf at St Andrews, both from locals and from the visitors who were flocking to the town in increasing numbers on the recently constructed railway.
The result is a classic links course which uses the natural features of the land to create a first class golfing challenge. The course has the traditional out and back layout, with the 18th green just to the right of the first tee. It also has, in the great St Andrews tradition, shared fairways and even a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes.
St. Andrews newest gem and the seventh course at the Home of Golf ~ The St. Andrews Castle course opened July 2008. It is located a few miles outside town on the coast, near Kingsbarns. Designer, David McLay Kidd, creator of Bandon Dunes in Oregon, has created a typical Scottish golf experience. Each hole has a choice of five tees and the course is playable between about 5300-7200 yards.
With some beautiful views looking back into town, and the stunning 17th signature hole played over a coastal inlet to a green perched on the cliffs, the Castle Course draws quite a bit of attention, and has turned into another must play while in St. Andrews.
On Sunday 22 June 1997, the Jubilee Course celebrated its centenary. In the space of 100 years, it had developed from a 12-hole basic layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews.
By the year 1913 the pressure for play on the Old, New and Jubilee courses was such that a fourth course was required.
Opened for play in 1914, the Eden course was designed by Harry S. Colt, internationally renowned for his course design skills. His use of the natural features and of the partially buried field boundary walls gives the course an entirely natural feel.
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