St. Andrews Links Courses
Among the 10 courses in St Andrews you’ll find the St Andrews Links, comprising seven public courses, including the world-famous Old Course, three clubhouses, a golf practice centre and four shops. It is managed by St Andrews Links Trust, a charitable organisation set up by an Act of Parliament in 1974.
Old Course – 6721 yards par 72
Looking down the 18th fairway from the famous Swilcan Bridge remains golf’s most memorable and unique image and one guaranteed to set the pulse of any golfer racing. Standing there, you are part of the history of the oldest courses in the world, where the game was first played as long ago as 1400. Host to 28 Opens, most recently in 2010, this original links course continues to evolve and remains a real test of golf for today’s champions as well as the many amateurs who play the course each year.
Despite its reputation and status, it is a public course and welcomes any golfer with a handicap of 24 or under (36 for ladies). Limited tee times are bookable in advance, but most golf visitors play the course through the daily ballot for tee times.
More information is available through the Old Course Experience. Please contact our golf steward via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the daily ballot.
New Course – 6625 yards par 71
Almost 500 years passed before St Andrews built a second course. Situated next to the Old Course, the obvious name for it was the “New.” Opened in April 1895, the New Course is one of the stars in the golf firmament, offering a classic links challenge that uses the natural features of the land to create a significant golfing experience. The New Course is often referred to as St Andrews’ best-kept secret. Tom Morris –winner of four Open Championships – and David Honeyman developed the layout. Based on the traditional out-and-back routing, among its most famous features are its shared fairways and a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes.
Jubilee Course – 6742 yards par 72
Based on a narrow strip of land between the New Course and the sea, the Jubilee Course was opened in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s accession to the throne. The course has developed into one of the toughest golfing tests at St Andrews. Extended from 12 to 18 holes in 1905 by David Honeyman, it was updated again by 1946 and then re-designed to championship standard by Donald Steel in 1989. The traditional out-and-back layout starts and finishes at the Links Clubhouse. A main feature is the raised tees, which provide exceptional views of the links and expose golfers to the major test provided by the winds, which sweep in from the bay.
Eden Course – 6250 yards par 70
Opened in 1914 and named after the estuary borders, the Eden Course was the fourth course to be built in St Andrews and can be more forgiving than the three links courses lying on the seaward side. Since 1919, it has played host to the Eden Tournament, one of Britain’s oldest amateur golfing events. Every year, in the second week of August, more than 250 golfers play for the Eden Trophy. Designed by internationally renowned course designer Harry S Colt, the course uses existing features and a partially buried field boundary wall to give a natural feel. Alterations were completed in 1989 under the direction of course architect Donald Steel, and in 2000 a new clubhouse was built.
Strathtyrum Course – 5620 yards par 69
Opened in July 1993, the Strathtyrum Course was designed by Donald Steel to provide an enjoyable experience that would complement the tougher championship layouts. With two loops of nine, starting and finishing at the Eden Clubhouse, there is a links-like feel to the layout without some of the tougher consequences. Although relatively bunker-free by St Andrews standards, the bunkers here are cunningly placed. Combined with moundings around the sloping and small greens, they place an emphasis on iron play accuracy. Prevailing westerly winds add to the challenge and make the course play much longer than its published yardage.
Balgove Course – 1520 yards par 30 (nine-hole course)
The Balgove is a nine-hole course primarily for children and beginners. Originally opened in February 1972, it was remodelled in June 1993. Bunkers and a double green are just some of the features that offer a great golfing experience that has proved popular with both children and adults.
The Castle Course – 6789 yards 71 par
The Castle Course is the seventh course at the Home of Golf. Set on a dramatic cliff-top location overlooking the ancient town of St Andrews, the course combines breathtaking views with a memorable golfing challenge. Designed by David Kidd, whose portfolio includes the world-renowned Bandon Dunes in Oregon, The Castle Course won several international awards in its first year of opening and was included within the prestigious Golf Digest Top 100 rankings almost immediately. Highlights include the sixth hole, with a green set above St Andrews harbour, and a par three seventeenth played across a rocky chasm.