Thursday June 6 The Castle Course
The Castle Course at St. Andrews (18 holes)
Waking this morning back at our home base in St. Andrews after our two-day excursion to East Lothian, this morning we make a short five minute drive to our latest golfing challenge. Today we leave behind the older, more historic golf courses and instead tee it up on a newer and much more modern in design course, The Castle Course at St. Andrews. This is the seventh and newest course at the Home of Golf, having opened for play in 2008. Set on a rugged cliffline overlooking the town of St Andrews, the course combines breathtaking views with a memorable golfing challenge. Designed by David Kidd, creator of Bandon Dunes on the West Coast of America, The Castle Course has already won several international awards since its first year of opening and was included within the prestigious Golf Digest Top 100 rankings almost immediately. The course nestles into the landscape on Kinkell Ness with amazing views in every direction. This cliff-top course, offering spectacular shots, makes for a setting that’s as dramatic as you’ll find. Especially on the 17th hole, which demands a tee shot over seaside cliffs to the green, with the town in the background. I read that local “Nineteenth Hole’s” all over St. Andrews love the new Castle Course because the golfers who come into their pubs after playing 18 holes there surely have an extra few pints as they debate the polarizing design and challenge created by Mr. Kidd. Wow! That tough huh? Should be a real tester, but we’ll be up for it.