New Course – St. Andrews Links
Located as it is
in the shadow of its illustrious neighbor, the New Course can be
considered one of St Andrews' best kept secrets. Opened in April
1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf
at St Andrews.
The Old Course
It is the Home of
Golf and oldest golf course in the world where golf was first played
600 years ago and yet it remains a real test of golf for today's
champions. Despite its reputation and status, it is a public course
and is one of six public courses on St Andrews Links.
The course is
renown for its particular physical features including 112 bunkers,
the most famous is the world, the 17th or Road Hole so called
because a road, which is in play, runs hard against the back edge of
the green. The Old Course is also known for its large double greens
where golfers can be faced with putts of almost 100 yards.
Jubilee Course – St. Andrews Links
Now well into
its second century of life the Jubilee Course was created on a
narrow strip of prime golfing land between the New Course and the
sea. Developed from a basic 12-hole to what many consider to be the
toughest test of golf at St Andrews.
Eden Opened for
play in 1914, the Eden course was designed by Harry S. Colt,
internationally renowned for his course design skills. His use of
the natural features and of the partially buried field boundary
walls give the course an entirely natural feel
complements the tougher championship layouts at the 'Home of Golf.'
It is shorter and, with only 15 bunkers, a relatively sand-free
environment by St. Andrews' usual standards.
stretching to 2,085 yards - the Balgove Course was opened in
February 1972. It was to have a short life, for part of it was to be
taken over in the 1989-90 remodeling of the Eden Course. The course
was re-constructed at the same time as the new 18-hole course, the
Strathtyrum, and it was re-opened on the 20th of June 1993.
The course proved
so popular with adults as well as children that the Links Management
Committee had to introduce a special rule. During school summer
holidays, adults could only play the course when accompanied by a
child. This no longer applies today and many adult beginners use the
course for practice.