The Castle

St. Andrews, Fife | 18 holes | Links | Par: 71 | 6759 yards

St. Andrews Links - The Castle Course: A view of the 3rd hole
St. Andrews Links - The Castle Course: A view of the 3rd hole

Also known as course No. 7 of the famed St. Andrews Link Trust, the Castle course adds to the brilliance of possibly the world's best collection of links golf courses. Opening in the summer of 2008, the Castle course was designed by David McLay Kidd, the designer of the heralded Bandon Dunes course in Oregon in the U.S.

The Castle course follows the coastline east of St. Andrews and is just two miles from the center of town. Kidd has worked wonders with the already brilliant landscape, making the Castle course a perfect fit to the Trust's other six golf courses, with outstanding scenery and a challenging level of play.

Playing to more than 7,000 yards from the back tees, the Castle course has golfers around the globe excited to try out the newest golf course in one of golf's premier vacation destinations. Following the coastline east of St Andrews, The Castle Course is two miles from the town center. Work on the ground began early in 2005.

Par, yardages and course ratings

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

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At a glance

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: David McLay Kidd
  • Type: Public
  • Style: Links
  • Built in: 2008
  • Golf Season: Low 11/1-3/31; High 4/18-10/16
  • Visitor 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

Practice facilities

  • Driving range: Yes
  • Putting green: Yes


  • Teaching pro:
  • Golf school / golf academy:


  • Pro: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: No
  • Pull carts: Yes


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


The par-3 17th at The Castle Course is as dangerous, playing over the Kinkell Braes (Kiel Christianson)A view of hole #5 at The Castle Course from St. Andrews LinksThe clubhouse at The Castle Course has nearly 180-degree views of the sea, and looks a bit like one of the course's many accursed The 454-yard 12th hole at The Castle Course is one of only two uphill holes (along with 11).The 400-yard 14th features several hairy The 585-yard 15th is an absolute monster of a hole, and if you get off-line here, you might never see the fairway again.The 184-yard, par-3 17th is like nothing else in Fife. You will remember this hole for a lifetime.The 555-yard, par-5 closer at The Castle Course is a massive, downhill left-to-right dogleg.The Castle Course's 346-yard opening hole is the most forgiving of the entire golf course.The view of St. Andrews from the second green is second only to the view from the sixth green.

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Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Mark Smith
    on June 28th, 2017 03:05
    Very much enjoyed playing this course and it probably has now overtaken the New as my favourite course amongst the Links Trust courses.

    It is not a true links course like those sharing the land where the old is situated, but it does present numerous opportunities to play links-like shots and others requiring thought and imagination.

    There can be occasions where a shot into the green finishes much further from the hole than initially thought due to the significant undulations on the greens, and it is definitely a course where you would benefit from playing it previously. Whilst we found some very challenging putts (including one where I had to putt several yards off of the green in order to get it close to the hole) none were so tough that a two putt was imposssible. If you accept that a one-putt is not always possible, and that a two-putt is often a very good result, then you will enjoy it much more. If you are a player that wants to play target golf then this is not the course for you.

    The only negative point preventing a full 5 star rating was that the tees were often a long way from the previous green, with the occasional steep slope needing to be negotiated in order get there.

    Now living in Australia it is unlikely that I'll get the chance to play it again soon, but I'm hoping that to return to St Andrews in ten years or so, and I'll be very eager to return to the Castle Course.
  • 1 stars out of 5
    by Barry from Buffalo NY
    on June 11th, 2014 10:08
    Beautiful course to visit and have lunch, But don't play. Greens are Putt Putt style greens without the clown. (unless you become the clown by playing it)
  • 2.5 stars out of 5
    by john callaghan
    on May 12th, 2014 11:10
    Close to the worst coarse I have ever played & I have been playing for 40yrs.Someone seen a field & decided to cut some grass & couple it with the name St.Andrews. I couldn't be paid to play this again Club House was lovely& staff were too. but then again so is my home coarse.
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