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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)!!!
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October 18th, 2014 15:44
Magnificent design and layout, probably better than Kingsbarns, although the large undulating greens are an acquired taste! The condition of the course in mid-October was first class. Hate to have tac
November 01st, 2012 14:56
What a stunning course- played on a sunny day and the views were magnificent. Nearly ever hole was visually superb but the 17th was spectacular . The greens are ridiculous but providing you don't take
July 29th, 2012 15:16
Such a shame. The most stunning location on the cliffs overlooking St Andrews with magnificent views of the town and St Andrews Bay. Also, some of the best designed golf holes you'll see anywhere - th
March 31st, 2012 11:20
The course is a complete contradiction. The lay out is stunning, on a par with anything. And I mean anything. The facilities are really 5 star. Staff are friendly. In fact everything is perfect, until
September 06th, 2010 11:08
I have played this course each year since it opened. I was a fan from the beginning, but after three years I can firmly state that this is one of the best tracks in the world bar none. This is what a
June 01st, 2010 07:48
Please ignore all the negative reviews before. This is by far the most spectacular course I have ever played (we played the Old Course and Gleneagles PGA in the same weekend). The scenery is stunning.
September 21st, 2009 16:09
Great layout with fantastic views all around. As mentioned there are too many of the small mounds in the fairways which makes it very confusing to the eye when trying to line up your drive and they ca
August 06th, 2009 10:23
A must for any visit to St. Andrews.
The fact that it overlooks the water and St. Andrews cannot be underestimated. The views are spectacular. It is potentailly more difficult than the Olde Course.
April 28th, 2009 20:21
Fantastic use of the views and the sea and the wind. Green complexes are TOUGH--some have said too tough. But the major problem were hundreds of unmowed "hummocks" dotting the fairways, oft
November 12th, 2008 13:34
In the bar at Rusacks we heard how unfair this course is,the only thing unfair were the opinions of these golfers. Wonderful fairways,tees give all players a chance if they acknowleged their talent an
October 28th, 2008 09:48
They came so close to getting this golf course perfect - what the hell were they thinking with the greens? My advice is to go and play it and enjoy the views and the wonderful design from tee to green
October 24th, 2008 23:41
The greens are a farce - the wind was howling the day we played so the conditions were tought to start with but when you can hit a shot ten yards short of the green and it runs thirty yards through an
October 09th, 2008 13:10
I agree totally with the majority
of opinions- for a handicap golfer the greens verge upon unplayable.They are beautifully maintained -which only exarebates the sheer perverse lunacy of the designer!
September 23rd, 2008 20:03
Some of the best views offered anywhere in world golf. The course is tough but when played from the correct tees it is fair for all golfers. a 20 handicap played from the 6100 set with me and shot 8
September 07th, 2008 04:30
Great course, on a par with Kingsbarns, Turnberry and Royal County Down as one of the great courses in the UK. The complaints about hairy bumps in the fairway should be ignored. They are part of golf
August 04th, 2008 11:15
Great piece of land, beautiful views of St. Andrews looking over the cliffs. Overall the layout is pretty good EXCEPT for the unnecesary "hairy bumps" in the fairways. I understand stategica
July 26th, 2008 11:48
Play it whilst you can! This course will have to be drastically redesigned if it is to be a viable moneyspinner for the St Andrews Links Trust, because it is just too damn hard - a bit like the Jubile
July 26th, 2008 08:43
More blind tee shots than is necessary and hairy humps in the middle of fairways which also can't be seen from the tee makes driving a lottery. I have no problem with the odd undulating green to prot
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