The newest addition to the storied golf town of St. Andrews, Scotland is the Castle Course, located just about a mile outside of town.
Owned by the Links Trust, they purchased a large lot of farmland along the coastline several years ago next to the Fairmont St. Andrews golf courses and just a few miles from another new links, Kingsbarns.
Golf course architect David McLay Kidd was called upon to create a links here out of the flat farmland, and he did so by bringing in a lot of sand and creating large dunes complexes and hummocks. The result is a landscape that is very rolling and hilly with few flat spots, especially on the greens. The greens are in most cases very large and have swales and dips in them that can make putting and chipping very challenging. The golf course was slightly altered over the off-season to remove some of these hummocks that sat in blind spots in the fairway, as well as making some of the greens less severe.
The Castle course will close during offseason months to allow growth to the course, much like Kingsbarns has done in its first few years of operation.