Designed by leading Scottish course architect David McLay Kidd, The Castle Course sits on 220 acres of land, has more than one mile of waterfront and embraces the rugged Scottish shoreline to provide a unique and exciting challenge.
The Castle Course is the 7th course at the Home of Golf, capping an unparalleled history dating back six centuries to when the game was first played on the Old Course. With written records of the site extending to the early medieval period, and with views overlooking the ancient town of St Andrews, The Castle Course has a sense of history and romance to match its older siblings at the Home of Golf. Earliest records indicate the land was part of a hunting ground for the Pictish kings who adopted St Andrew as their patron. From around 1100 AD the land was known as the cursus apri, or Boar's Chase. A boar still features as part of the town crest of St Andrews.
The Castle Course is named after Kinsell Castle which stood on the headland known as Kinkell Ness in the middle ages. This is close to where the magnificent double green of the ninth and eighteenth holes sits today under the gaze of The Castle Course Clubhouse. The history of the land set above Kinkell Braes is reflected in the logo of The Castle Course. A prominent local family, the Moneypennys, were the landowners for centuries, getting the land from the Prior of St Andrews in 1211. The centrepiece of their family coat of arms was a Scottish peer's helmet, which has been adapted as the course logo.
The Castle Course provides a challenging yet enjoyable golfing experience with specially designed tee complexes making it easy to find the right length at which to play the course. Although providing a true test of skill for those who choose to play off the white tees, there are five tees to suit players of all abilities.
The clubhouse sits unobtrusively within a beautiful setting and the design was inspired by the land and sea, as it is circular and affords superb panoramic views.
The Castle Course is without doubt one of our must play Scottish Links courses!