ST ANDREWS, NEW COURSE

ST ANDREWS, NEW COURSE

Those excluded by the handicap ceiling on the Old Course can instead satisfy the boast to have ‘played St Andrews’ by taking the opportunity to pit themselves against the New Course. In the truth the St Andrews New course, is actually a fine links in it’s own right and is probably the unluckiest golf course on the planet to be sharing the same estate as it’s more illustrious neighbour. It tends to be overlooked as a consequence, but many good judges regard it as the most complete test of a links golfer that St Andrews has to offer

 

Opened 1895
Yardage Championship white tees 6625 yds
Par 71
Scottish Ranking 26th
Handicap Restrictions No handicap restrictions apply

 

St Andrews New Course

The Course itself

The oldest ‘new’ course in the world, the second course at the Home of Golf was built by the Keeper of the Green Tom Morris in 1895, and was imaginatively named to differentiate from its famous neighbour. Demands to play the Old course had become overwhelming. The R&A agreed to pay for the building of a new course in return for guaranteed tee times on the Old Course. This was enshrined in an Act of Parliament, and exists today, updated in 1974

Perhaps the key to the St Andrews New course is that it represents an evolution of experience. If you think about it logically, it makes sense. The Old course is ancient. Landscapes were interpreted and surrogate hazards adopted into the weave of the links. It was only as the game of golf developed and people started to better understand it’s potential, that challenges could be better constructed. Ultimately in the machine earth-moving age, artificial challenges could be built, but the St Andrews, New Course doesn’t really resolve from this generation. Instead it occupies an in between epoch, where nature was still the ultimate architect, but where more thoughtful consideration was given to layouts and how hazards could be embraced within them to maximise challenge. Let’s put it more crudely. If after 400 years, you couldn’t at least match the golfing challenge of that which had been laid down centuries earlier on some adjacent land, then something has gone wrong.

As a consequence of the way the St Andrews New course came into being, there is a body of opinion which suggests that it’s actually the best of the St Andrews family. We think this claim might be a stretch too far, but we’re happy to relay the view that it’s often referred as the ‘towns people’s favourite’.

It’s not as quirky as it’s older neighbour, and in many respects it’s probably a fairer test. It does make better use of the areas vegetation too, and counts gorse bushes in particular amongst its more belligerent defenders. Not only do these lend the course a degree of menace, they also add to the colour and aesthetics

The holes around the turn are often regarded as being the collective pick, and like anyone else who has had the pleasure, you’ll probably find yourself wondering where this course might figure in golf’s aristocratic peerage were it not for its proximity to the Old course? The answer is we simply don’t know, but it seems fair to assume much higher than it does.

 

TO VIEW THE HOLE-BY-HOLE GUIDE OF THE ST ANDREWS NEW COURSE CLICK ON CLUB CREST

Buggy hire, Trolleys, Caddies and Clubs

Driving Range Available Yes
Rental Carts Available No
Rental Trolleys Yes
Caddies Yes – gratuity at own discretion
Rental Clubs Available Yes
Pro Shop Yes

 

When playing Scotland you are very much in the heartland of the sports traditions. In a lot of cases this won’t extend to 20th century inventions such as buggies/ carts. You are invited to take a step-back into history to a large extent and play a round in the manner more akin to how the game was originally conceived. This is quite normal for the top courses. St Andrews requires a medical certificate before allowing the use of a course vehicle.

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