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St Andrews - Castle Course
St Andrews Links Trust
Pilmour House
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SF

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St. Andrews brings along a golf course at a rate of about every century or so, and the newest addition to the home of golf is the seventh, the highly anticipated Castle Course.

Unlike the original six Links Trust courses down by the sea, the Castle Course is located about a mile outside of the town center, perched above the sea with panoramic views of both the town of St. Andrews and the bay.

The Castle Course was designed by Scotsman David McKlay Kidd, creator of the highly acclaimed Bandon Dunes on the west coast of Oregon. Kidd transformed flat, farm land into a rugged and seemingly pure links course. The closing stretch of holes stands to become arguably the finest in Scotland, including a massive double green home to the ninth and 18th holes.

The Castle Course has five sets of tees and stretches to more than 7,200 yards. Like each of the Links Trust's seven courses, it is walking-only and caddies are available.

St Andrews - Castle Course
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 11 reviews)
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St. Andrews Links - The Castle Course: A view of the 3rd holeA view of hole #5 at The Castle Course from St. Andrews LinksThe par-3 17th at The Castle Course is as dangerous, playing over the Kinkell Braes (Kiel Christianson)

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: David McLay Kidd
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 2008
  • Golf Season: Low 11/1-3/31; High 4/18-10/16
  • Guest Policy: There is no handicap restriction on The Castle Course. It is not possible to book The Castle Course as a single golfer.
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: No

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: £60 - £120
  • Weekends: £60 - £120

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed:
  • Dress code:
  • Credit cards accepted:

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
White 71 6759 yd. 139 73.6
Yellow 71 6376 yd. 135 71.9
Red (W) 71 5460 yd. 131 73

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Alan
    on June 20th, 2015 23:56
    Best course I have ever played. Yes the greens are severe and yes it is difficult, but if you put the ball in the right places you can score very well round here. Brilliantly thought out, exceptional views.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Bob Dinwoodie
    on March 24th, 2015 14:37
    This is the best course in Fife, yes better than Kingsbarns and the Old Course. We played today for £59 that included a bacon roll and coffee, the round of golf and a two course meal in a fabulous clubhouse - sensational course with great views and unsurpassable value.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by David Phaho
    on June 06th, 2014 10:43
    World class golf course. The undulating greens offers a daunting challenge for any golfer.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    1.5 stars out of 5
    by Keith A.
    on July 25th, 2011 09:37
    Like many of the previous ratings on this course, I concur with the opinions regarding the greens. They are extremely severe, and not well thought out. The course layout itself is outstanding (although a few blind shots), truly some great views of the surroundings, and town of St. Andrews, but the only way I would return is if the greens are significantly changed.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by lawrence Hannigan
    on June 24th, 2011 16:24
    Played it twice back to back days 1 day sunny 1 day Rainey WOW 10 out of 10. The BEST course I have EVER Played.cannot wait to go back to the Old Toon.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Barry
    on April 24th, 2011 15:14
    This course is a must play.after playing it for the first time last year I have been back on a few occasions to challenge myself on this fabulous course. Yes the greens have many undulations but so do many other links courses . If you want a flat uninspiring golf course don't play here but if you want a challenge it is hard to beat. Also the staff are excellent and the clubhouse and facilities are top notch as well.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Iain
    on July 01st, 2010 09:47
    Having read other reviews, I was a little wary of playing this course but can honestly say that myself and my playing partners found it to be an excellent, interesting and testing course. We found it to be in beautiful condition and none of us found the greens to be in any way 'unfair'. Sure, they're big and can be tricky from some positions but they're in no way as crazy as some people suggest. We also found all of the course staff to be very professional and helpful,... a pleasure to play this course and would go back without hesitation.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    2 stars out of 5
    by Craig Frame
    on February 01st, 2010 13:10
    Tee to green this course has the potential to be as good as Kingsbarns, the putting surfaces are also excellent, however, the greens are an absolute joke - every one has dramatic slopes - approach shots are a lottery

    An example of this is the 17th - a pulled tee shot, about 30 yards left of the pin ran into 10 feet, with 3 well hit shots struggling to hold the green

    For this to happen once or twice on a course you may accept it, but 18 holes of this type is dissapointing

    I played it in September 09, I wouldnt play it again until after the changes to the greens (which I believe has been discussed)
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    1.5 stars out of 5
    by Archer66
    on June 16th, 2009 03:03
    I have now played this course three times; once out of curiosity, a second time to make sure that I wasn't dreaming and a third time to see if they changed it much after its first winter.

    The answer to the last question is, sadly, no.
    I reviewed this course on another site - and I have never reviewed any other course ever, at least not unless I was being paid to do so in a magazine.
    Yet this course annoys me so much that I feel compelled to write again.

    The Links Trust claimed that the course was for locals to enjoy when the Old Course was clogged up - to escape the tourists. However, the only people that I have ever come across on the Castle are bemused American tourists who, generally, wonder why they are there and why they paid a ludicrous amount of money to be humiliated.

    The tragedy is that, from tee to green the Castle is fantastic - the 100% (near enough) uneven lies can be lived with as an homage to pseudo links golf. However the greens are the result of designer ego running amok.

    I noted that this year - despite much drier weather - the speed of the greens has been much reduced. This, at least, means that some putts can remain on the dancefloor...

    Look at any of the great courses in Scotland and the greens will be challenging but relatively flat in the mai. The tricksy novelties of a Biarritz green, for example, are in stark contrast to the rest of the greens at North Berwick.

    One mental green on a course is a talking point, 18 of them is a crime. At the Old Course the sweeping swales and hummocks are reduced by the sheer size of putting surface - just one double green has massive variations (7th and 11th), the rest offer subtle breaks that are tricky and enjoyable to combat.

    At the Castle the greens are just plain stupid - impossible to putt sensibly on, hardly ever is an approach shot worth worrying about - wherever you go will leave you with a 'Himalayas' putt that is difficult (and oftentimes impossible) to stop within five feet. Following the 'architect's tips' in the strokesaver was a laughable waste of time - it became a bit of fun as we were the only people on the course we were hitting four, five, sometimes six shots into greens and even the prescribed 'architect's tip' resulted in the ball running right off the green or, at best, rolling some thirty feet past and leaving an impossible putt back.

    Several key people on the project were 'allegedly' warned that the greens were too severe and would need rebuilding within a year or two but no notice was taken. It appears that arrogance ruled throughout the entire design and build at the Castle...

    So if you want to go and have some amazingly silly and impossible putts in St Andrews, go play the Himalayas in town. It costs a pound fifty and is much more fun than the ridiculous Castle.

    The Links Trust ought to take note that their course for locals is currently being played only by tourists and they will only play it once - so either dig this over to community allotments (there is a growing food crisis after all) or get a proper golf course architect to redesign the greens. Better yet get a good greenkeeper in to do the job for a fraction of the cost - such people built the Old Course greens after all.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    5 stars out of 5
    by Tom Forrest
    on April 26th, 2009 13:23
    This has to be the best golfing experience in St Andrews ! Design and layout are of the highest standard facilities to suit and the view! This is a course for the 'purist golfer' and people who understand what has gone in to the construction of Castle Course. The pure fescue/bent greens are amazing given that they are merely a year old !
    Congratulations to the Architect and the Greenstaff for the work they have put in to the Course. People will come from all over the planet to see and play this wonderful course.
  • St Andrews - Castle Course
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by Michael Polster
    on January 26th, 2009 12:24
    This course does not live up to the hype for several reasons. First, the "Don King" helmets of grass in the middle of the fairway distort visual angles and and represent silly obstacles in windy conditions. Second, the views are scant at best. Most holes are isolated from one another, and few offer dramatic or sweeping peeks at the sea or town. Third, the greens are far too severe and even unfair in light of the regularly breezy conditions. Finally, the "signature hole", the 17th, is a par-3 that requires aiming left of the green an hoping for a favorable bounce! I'd rather play Kingsbarns 100 times than play the Castle Course once.
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