ST ANDREWS is a magnet for every golfer, but there is much more to the “Auld Grey Toon” than simply the Old Course, iconic though it is.
There are no fewer than seven courses in the St Andrews Links Trust stable – the organisation responsible for all the golf courses in the town – including the Jubilee, New Course, Eden, Strathtyrum, Balgove and new Castle course.
Besides those magnificent seven, there is The Duke’s, Kingsbarns, Crail, Lundin Links, Leven Links, Elie and Scotscraig – all within easy reach, as is the Fairmont St Andrews Hotel, which also has two excellent golf courses of its own – The Torrance and The Kittocks.
The New Course is often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world. A classic links course with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens, it was set out in 1895 by Old Tom Morris.
Now well into its second century of life, the Jubilee Course has developed from a basic 12-hole layout into what many consider to be the toughest test of golf at St Andrews.
The Eden was opened in July 1914 and was the fourth course to be built at St Andrews Links, reflecting the growing demand for play on the Old, the New and the Jubilee.
Harry S Colt, whose other designs included Hoylake, Sunningdale and Wentworth, was commissioned to design the course, challenging golfers with severe bunkering, undulating greens and many carries off the tee to reach the fairways.