Castle Course

At 6,759 yards and par 71, The Castle Course is the latest addition to St Andrews Links. Opened in 2008 by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the Castle Course is the seventh course at the world-famous home of golf, and a welcome addition to the biggest public golfing complex in Europe. 

The Castle Course sits on a rugged cliff top and delivers spectacular views across the North Sea, Angus coast and spectacular Grampian mountain range. And it 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. The Castle Course Clubhouse is also well worth a visit, almost as popular as the course itself, with yet more stunning views. 

About The Castle Course, St Andrews – A short history

  • Opened on June 28th 2008
  • A 6,759-yard design by David McLay Kidd
  • The first of the St Andrews Links Trust courses to be built outside of town

The Castle Course Information

  • Caddies: Available on request and subject to availability 
  • Golf Trollies: Powered and manual trollies
  • Golf Buggies: Available for seniors over the age of 65 or golfers with a medical certificate. Buggies are subject to availability
  • Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting green and short game area
  • Dress Code: Appropriate golfing attire while on the course, smart/casual in the clubhouse
  • Soft spikes required

The Castle Course Scorecard 
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Featured hole – Hole 17

The par 3 17th hole, known as Braes, is unique, 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. It's brilliant, challenging and fiendishly tough, with spectacular views of St Andrews old town your consolation prize.

Known for a memorable closing stretch

The closing stretch of holes at the Castle Course is already a legend in its own right. There's a monster of a 15th hole 585 yards long. The 16th covers 406 yards alongside the beautiful coastline. The 17th is 184 yards of sheer pleasure-terror, and the 18th is equally dramatic. Together they create what's fast becoming the most memorable four-hole closing stretch in the whole of Scotland, quite an accolade in a country that offers high golfing drama at every turn.

The Castle Course Golf Vacations

The Experience St Andrews is the home of a host of top class golfing packages, including a number of Castle Course golf deals. It's an experience you'll remember for life, the perfect golfing trip to Scotland. Contact us to find out more.

Featured Castle Course Golf packages include:

6 night Programs – As well as a guaranteed tee time at the Old Course, all of our Experience St Andrews programs allow you to play the Castle Course, as well as a number of other world-class courses. With luxury accommodation, clubhouse lunches and transfers included, you can really relax and enjoy the golf.