The Duke's Golf Course: #16The Duke’s Course

The Duke’s Course
The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife
Scotland KY16 9SP

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1334 470214
Fax: +44 (0) 1334 475234

Perched above St. Andrews, the Duke's Course enjoys views that stretch from the surrounding countryside all the way to the sea. Many consider the golf course to be one of the finest heathland layouts in the British Isles, a difficult feat in an area that is known for being the birthplace of golf. The Duke's is an interesting contrast to the famous seaside links at St. Andrews, offering a unique inland challenge that demands both accuracy and creative play. The course will please long hitters with a yardage that extends to 7,512 yards, but don't mistake it for a course where you can just "grip it and rip it." Trouble waits at every turn with extensive bunkering along both the rolling fairways and undulating greens, which includes both the traditional kind as well as deep pot bunkers.

The Duke’s Course
3.5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews)
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The last of the par 3s on the Duke's Course, #16 - Melville - is a cracker with its bunkers left and right and severe drop-off through the backGetting the distance right is key for the straightforward-looking par 3 #12 on the Duke's courseView from par-3, 250 yards 8th hole on the Duke's courseNo. 8 on the Duke's course - “Fair Dunt” can be an understatement with this uphill par 3, which can frustrate with prevailing winds.View from the par-3 3rd hole at Duke's Golf CourseNo. 3 is the signature hole from the Duke's Golf CourseThe Duke's Course's 13th hole is one of several greens that were recently remodeled.The Duke's course added or rebuilt 116 bunkers during the redesign to give a more rugged look.The brand-new 15th starts off the Duke's redone closing stretch.More than 100 new and redesigned bunkers have given the Duke's Course in St. Andrews a more rugged look. ( Photo by Brandon Tucker )

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Tim Liddy
  • Year opened: 1995
  • Golf Season:
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed - A handicap of 24 for gentlemen and 36 for ladies is required to play on the Old Course.
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

Course policies

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

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Black 71 7512 yd. 142 0
Blue 71 7002 yd. 137 0
White 71 6550 yd. 134 0
Green 71 6130 yd. 130 0
Red 71 5216 yd. 118 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • The Duke’s Course
    4 stars out of 5
    by Rick thrift
    on July 18th, 2014 13:23
    Just in from a round and I must. Say it was most enjoyable. Course in great condition and being a course superintendent back home I noticed things others might not. A must play for me when I come back again
  • The Duke’s Course
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Mike Cheeseman
    on August 07th, 2009 14:26
    My Wife and I played the course twice in a matter of a couple days.
    We really enjoyed the golf and staff.
    We also played the New & Old course at St Andrews and prefered the Dukes.
    Well done Kohler
  • The Duke’s Course
    3 stars out of 5
    by Toi Nguyen
    on August 01st, 2009 09:08
    Our group of foursome played this course after a morning round @ St. Andrew--The Old Course. Carts were available so it was nice, especially after walking 18 already. The course is tight. You have to be straight with the tee ball; otherwise, bring a lot of balls. When putting, watch the terrain bc it WILL affect it. Overall, a nice course with more of an american touch...
  • The Duke’s Course
    3.5 stars out of 5
    by B. Tucker
    on May 13th, 2009 19:59
    The course keeps getting better and better, conditions are much drier now than last time I played it, when it used to be a little soggy. No. 7, a 500-yard par 4 is my favorite hole, heading downhill with a view of St. Andrews in the back. A good change of pace from the Links courses around the corner.
  • The Duke’s Course
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Duncan Richardson
    on November 06th, 2008 16:10
    The course is a fair test and 9th and 18th holes are great finishing holes.

    Amenities are good.

    3.5 star
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