Castle Course, St Andrews

The Castle course, opened in 2008, is the 7th and newest course to be managed by the St Andrews Links Trust. It is in a superb setting on a clifftop high above St Andrews to the south of the town. Renowned golf course architect David McLay Kidd, who also created Bandon Dunes, created a links style layout on land that had previously been pan flat. The views are exceptional, particularly looking north towards the town.

The course is named after Kinkell Castle which stood on the headland known as Kinkell Ness in the Middle Ages. This is close to the double green at the 9th and 18th holes.

The Castle is a long and challenging golf course and there are several testing holes, including the dramatic 17th which is played across a rocky chasm. The course is laid out in two loops, and has the undulating fairways of links. It is not designed just for long hitting golfers, with a choice of 5 tees at each hole. However it is a demanding layout and course management is extremely important.

Initial feedback was that the course was what the British would term a 'Marmite' course – you either loved it or hated it. (Google 'Marmite' if you've not heard of it). Some golfers felt the greens were not just difficult but too tricky and in cases almost unplayable, or they disliked the mid fairway hazards. The management have taken some of the comments on board and tweaks and changes have been introduced.

The green fees are to the higher end of Scottish golf courses and the course is a very different proposition to the traditional St Andrews Links in the town - such as the Old, New or Jubilee courses. Overall however the Castle course presents a testing but enjoyable golf experience in a beautiful setting.

The St Andrews Castle course is closed for play between early November and end of February each year.

Address:
St Andrews Links Trust
Pilmour House
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9SF
Telephone:
01334 466718
Email:
reservations@standrews.com
Costs (2020):
Weekday round: £120.00
Weekend round: £120.00
Deposit terms: 100%
Trolley hire: £5.00
Club hire: £35.00
Electric trolley hire: £20.00
Buggy hire: £30.00
Caddie hire: £55.00
Restrictions:
Handicap certificate required: No
Buggy restrictions:
Buggies may be used by seniors over 65 or golfers with a suitable medical certificate. They must be driven by a caddie. There is no charge for the buggy, just the caddie fee.
Airport driving times*

* For guidance only - all timings are traffic dependent.

Options we suggest:

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  • Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £30.00
    Holes:
    9
    Length:
    3040 yards
    Par/SSS:
    60 / 59
    Type:
    Links
  • Duke's, St Andrews

    Heathland, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £100.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7271 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 75
    Type:
    Heathland
  • Eden Course, St Andrews

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £55.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6250 yards
    Par/SSS:
    70 / 71
    Type:
    Links
  • Jubilee Course, St Andrews

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £85.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6742 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 73
    Type:
    Links
  • Kingsbarns

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £312.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7227 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 72
    Type:
    Links
  • Kittocks, Fairmont St Andrews

    Coastal, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £105.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7192 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 73
    Type:
    Coastal
  • New Course, St Andrews

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £85.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6625 yards
    Par/SSS:
    71 / 73
    Type:
    Links
  • Old Course, St Andrews

    Links, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £195.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    6721 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 73
    Type:
    Links
  • Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £35.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    5620 yards
    Par/SSS:
    69 / 66
    Type:
    Links
  • Torrance, Fairmont St Andrews

    Coastal, 18 holes

    Region:
    East
    Town:
    St Andrews
    Weekday green fee*:
    £105.00
    Holes:
    18
    Length:
    7230 yards
    Par/SSS:
    72 / 73
    Type:
    Coastal