The History of The Duke’s
Despite the Old Course Hotel’s unrivalled position on the edge of the infamous 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, no hotel has privileged access to the Old Course for which St Andrews is so famous. As a five-star golf resort, it is essential to be able to offer guests guaranteed tee times on a superb Championship course. The only way to do that was to build our own.
That decided, The Duke’s was carefully planned and designed to complement the five classic links courses along the coastline and to enhance St Andrew’s standing as the leading destination for golfers. Originally designed as the first heath land golf course in St Andrews, The Duke’s has matured to offer a magnificent 18 holes in the delightful surrounding of Craigtoun Park, a spectacular location overlooking the historic university town and Fife’s beautiful coastline.
Designed by Peter Thomson, five-times Open Champion of the 1950s and 1960s, The Duke's was revised and renovated with five completely new holes by Tim Liddy in 2006. Tim's philosophy is one of allowing a golf course to “grow out of the land” rather than be imposed upon it. The course now displays all the hallmarks of the great heath land courses of the early 1920s.
HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who played an inaugural round with British Lions and Scottish Rugby Captain Gavin Hastings OBE, opened the Duke’s in July 1995.