Castle Course at
St. Andrews, Scotland
Ignore the haters – this is fun, memorable golf
As a rule, golf course reviews do not make the news. Except this one. Tom Doak – the extremely knowledgable and outspoken architect and critic – famously gave the Castle Course a zero on his scale of 1 to 10. And – frankly – he had some valid points. This is a flawed course. It is not a course where keeping score will do good things for your blood pressure. But it’s a course you should play and its a course that, if you go into it with the right mindset, you’ll love. It’s a ridiculous course, at times. The greens are borderline impossible, at times. You’ll hate moments of it. But like an uber hot pepper, you’ll want to go back for more pain. Maybe it’s the views, maybe it’s the cliffs. Maybe because it is so ridiculous at times that it ends up being original. It may not even matter. But you should play the Castle Course when you’re in St. Andrews.
The views at the course are second to none. The sea is visible from nearly every hole, and certain holes bordering the cliffs are literally breathtaking…I would recommend playing the Castle Course to anyone visiting St Andrews, but leave the scorecard in the bag and keep the camera out.Graylyn Loomis
What To Know
Yardage & Tees
When to Play
The Castle Course is open March through early November. Play is off mats in March and November.
Spring and early summer are the driest months, while the warmest temperatures can be found May through October.
|March||£60 (play off mats)|
|November 1-3||£60 (play off mats)|
Greens fees last verified November 2018. View them on standrews.com
Visitor Tee Times
The Castle Course is available to visitors seven days a week.
Rentals & Caddies
Caddies are available for £50 plus gratuity. Trainee caddies are available May-September and are £30 plus gratuity. You should request them here.
Clubs are available to rent for £35. Book them here.
Shoes are £12.50 and come with complimentary socks. They cannot be booked in advanced and are available from the Clubhouse, first come first serve.
Pull carts are available for £5.
Electric hand carts are available for £20.
Golf carts are not available.
Unlike the other courses at St. Andrews, the Castle Course has its own driving range, putting green and short green area immediately adjacent to the clubhouse and first tee.
Other Things To Know
Year Built: 2008
Architects: David McLay Kidd
Course guide: Check the course guide here (click on the hole numbers on the right hand side of the page).
Packages and offers: The Castle Course offers several packages: