St. Andrews Links - The Castle Course Review

Castle Course in St. Andrews - 17th teeSt. Andrews Links - The Castle Course in St Andrews

St Andrews Links Trust
Pilmour House
St Andrews
Fife KY16 9SF
Scotland

September 25th, 2010 23:07

Reviewer

First Name John
Last Name Cameron
Handicap 10

Course Review and Comments

The US-based Scottish golf architect David Kidd was a controversial choice to build the Castle Course but his record of creating interesting tracks out of weird bits of land won him the contract. The ground he had to work with was not links but farming land on the headland above St Andrews. He built the sort of tricksy course that is his speciality but the views and scenery were so spectacular he could hardly fail. Some of his weirder fescue fairway mounds have (thankfully) already been removed but his greens remain a serious problem. Unlike the subtle borrows on the links courses down in the town some two miles away, he built American-style, vertigo-inducing, greens which were grossly unsuitable for a cliff course on a headland directly exposed to the fierce winds of the North Sea. Visitors playing it on a calm summer day can have no idea what it is like between September and April. Since the local golfers expect their courses to be playable all year round it came in for a lot of criticism. Some of the greens have been altered at considerable expense and others will have to follow because play is being suspended far too often even in summer because the balls are being blown off the putting surfaces (and in some cases over the cliff)!!!

Ratings

Date course was played Monday 02nd of August 2010
Price paid for golf 0
Price comments I live in St Andrews and, as a member of the R & A, have an annual ticket for all the town courses.
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Play Again Yes
Recommend Yes

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