A golfing Mecca to the most accomplished golfer or the enthusiastic amateur, a trip to St Andrews Links is one which realises the ultimate dream for golfers worldwide. From the iconic Swilcan bridge on the Old Course to Tom Morris’ masterful architecture on the New Course, St Andrews Links has developed over 600 years to become one of the most famous locations in golf. Central to their history and still true to this day is the fact that all seven courses at St Andrews Links are public and open to everyone.
The newest addition to St Andrews Links, The Castle Course was built in 2008, becoming the seventh course at the Home of Golf and part of the largest public golfing complex in Europe. Set on a rugged cliff-top with spectacular views over St Andrews, The Castle Course offers a truly memorable golfing experience. The Castle Course sits on a rugged cliff top and delivers spectacular views across the North Sea, Angus coast and spectacular Grampian mountain range. It always delivers an exceptional golfing experience.
If you're up for a tricky challenge, it's perfect - Today’s Golfer Magazine nominated the 17th hole Britain's most spectacular par 3. Located just two miles along the east coast from St Andrews' town centre, this extraordinarily scenic course is creating a great deal of excitement within the UK golf fraternity. Scotsman David McLay Kidd, creator of Bandon Dunes, transformed featureless farmland with more than a mile of clifftop waterfront into a ‘modern links’ course, comparable to Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart. The holes on each nine play up from the clubhouse to higher ground before gliding back down toward the North Sea. A caddie is well worth employing 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 for bump and run plays, as well as pitches into heavily contoured greens.
The signature hole is the par 3, 17th hole, known as Braes. Set high on a cliff edge and played over a rocky cave in the Kinkell Braes. It's a good move to play toward the bunker, heading well left of the green, since otherwise your ball will probably run right down into the abyss. Your shot will require a ‘do or die swing,’ where anything short or right is gone. It's brilliant, challenging and fiendishly tough, with spectacular views of St Andrews old town your consolation prize.
The comprehensive facility for practising driving, iron play, pitching and putting is open all year round. Whether warming up for a round on the Links, practising on the replica Road Hole Bunker, capturing personal data using the TrackMan Range technology or simply tuning up your game, a visit to the Academy is a must.
· 60 flood lit bays
· 22 indoor bays
· Cutting edge technology
· Short game area
· Replica road bunker
· Putting green
· Walking distance from the Eden Clubhouse.
The Golf Academy was the first golf facility in the UK to implement the TrackMan Range technology thereby launching one of the largest systems of its kind in Europe. With the technology, you can capture personal data on your phone or tablet in real time when hitting from one of 32 bays. Using the free TrackMan app, players can review and analyse their shots with eight ball parameters, including:
· Ball Speed
· Launch angle
· Launch direction
· Total distance
· Side distance from pin
· From distance to pin
The Links Clubhouse and Swilcan Lounge
With panoramic views over the Old Course, the clubhouse offers full facilities for golfers playing the Old, New, and Jubilee Courses. Within the clubhouse is the famous Swilcan Lounge which is open to the public and showcases the very best of fresh local produce. Whether it’s a relaxing summer Sunday lunch or simply a ‘wee dream’ in the evening, the Swilcan Lounge is the perfect destination.
The Eden Clubhouse
Offering full facilities for golfers playing the Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove Courses, the clubhouse is open to the public and has a breakfast, all day lounge menu and bar area. The perfect venue for a relaxed family meal, visitors can also enjoy an afternoon treat of home baking and freshly brewed coffee.
The Castle Course Clubhouse
The circular front of the Castle Course restaurant boasts stunning views over St Andrews. With al fresco dining in the warmer months, the menu features a range of traditional local fare, as well as a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits.