Duke's St Andrews - Fife - Scotland

The Duke's St Andrews,
St Andrews,
Fife,
KY16 8NX,
Scotland


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The Duke’s is the course belonging to the famous Old Course Hotel and it’s the only non-links course in St Andrews. The Duke’s is situated a couple of miles inland but, if you are lucky enough to stay at the hotel, they’ll provide transportation to and from the course. Despite the hotel being strategically sited next to the infamous Road Hole, no hotel can guarantee tee times on the Old course. Naturally, the Old Course Hotel decided to build their very own course.

Peter Thomson, who was affectionately nicknamed the Melbourne Tiger, designed The Duke’s course with his partner Ross Perrett. The five-time Open Champion's motto was that “a golf course should be a bit wild” and they certainly created a seriously challenging layout, which measures 7,512 yards from the tips, but with five tee boxes the Duke’s is manageable for all golfers. The Duke’s opened for play in 1995 and the name presumably came from Prince Andrew the Duke of York who hit the first tee shot in an opening match with former Scotland Rugby Captain Gavin Hastings.

A gentle opening par five called “Highland” takes you quickly away from the luxurious clubhouse with the first real challenge coming at the 2nd, a hole called “Drumcarrow”. This tough par four is flanked by trees and a solid drive down the left will leave a tricky long approach shot to a long, narrow green which is very difficult to find in regulation. When you reach the turn, spectacular views open up over St Andrews town and the sea beyond.

“Braw View”, the par four 13th, is one of the most scenic holes in St Andrews. Panoramic views to the north and of the “Auld Grey Toon” might make your mind wander but beware as you will require an accurate tee shot to a bottleneck fairway, avoiding fairway bunkers on the left and right, to set up the best approach shot that requires precise clubbing to hold this small, downhill green. The 18th provides a great climax to an enjoyable round. “Ice House” is a challenging uphill par four, an accurate drive is required followed by an approach shot to an elevated green that will require an extra club. Enjoy the view of St Andrews before heading for the sanctuary of the 19th hole.

The Duke's course was revised and renovated in 2006 by Tim Liddy, an understudy of the renowned golf course architect Pete Dye. Significant bunker changes were implemented coupled with three new closing holes and alterations to the greensites on holes 13, 14 and 15. Additionally, the club has made significant improvements to fairway drainage such that the course now plays in a more traditional heathland style.

In 2009, complimentary use of the driving range was introduced for all golfers and strategic areas of rough cut back to allow a wider latitude for play, making for greatly improved scoring and enjoyment.

St Andrews is one of only a few places in the world whereby you can enjoy stunning links golf and, just a couple of miles away in the shape of the Duke’s course, outstanding inland golf. Let’s hear it for St Andrews – the Home of Golf.

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Description: The Duke’s is the course belonging to the famous Old Course Hotel and it’s the only non-links course in St Andrews. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 27
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Ross Cameron
Wow. This course is fantastic! The bunkers are unreal, very much like the castle course. The greens ran very true and incredibly fast for the time of year. Some of the holes are stunning like the par 3 third, played completely over a huge bunker. The only problem i had with the course was the long walks between some of the tees, primarily the 9th - 10th walk, although this is just a minor problem. It is a great course, well worth playing.
October 14, 2009
8 / 10
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Martin Jordan
The Duke’s. Now, I don’t know where Duke’s come in the royal league table? If Her Maj at Buck House is Premier League then a Duke could be Vauxhall Conference in comparison, I don’t know? What I do know is that The Duke’s course at St Andrews is a majestic course, fit for a King. It is a wonderful course in fabulous condition but I warn you it is not for the faint of heart. The Duke’s is no stroll in the park it is vast in the Gleneagles PGA and Spey Valley mode so take my advice, take a buggy, conserve your energy for your shots you will enjoy the experience a whole lot more. At such a noble place you would expect a degree of elegance well that is exactly what you get. The locker rooms are very luxurious. HRH Andy Windsor has his own locker. (I have just realised that I have called 2 members of the Royal Family, Her Maj and Andy Windsor, I hope that I don’t get locked in The Tower for that). If I can impart one part of advice it is stay on the short stuff the bunkers are absolutely brutal. I spent so much time in them, I am qualified for a part in any future productions of Laurence of Arabia. I would honestly struggle to name a best or signature hole because they are all outstanding. From your first drive to your last putt you are always on your toes. So, if you want a game in St Andrews but don’t fancy the hullabaloo of the Old Course, take yourself inland for a monarchical experience at the Duke’s. Don’t forget to book your Bob Hope mobile and saver this imperious golf course which deserves its regal status. MPPJ
September 10, 2008
8 / 10
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Shaun
Make no mistake this is a ‘big’ golf course which I found to be very challenging. Course was in good condition, enjoyed the relaxing club house and attentive staff. Only criticism of the course would be that the nine’s are the wrong way round in my opinion but definitely worth a visit from the links down the road.
July 15, 2008
6 / 10
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Jim McCann

St. Andrews has more than its fair share of links and links-like courses in and along the coast from the town so the Duke’s is actually a pleasant Duke's St Andrews - Photo by Jim McCannchange from that sort of golf in the area. Situated a couple of miles in from the Eden estuary, on elevated ground overlooking St.Andrews, the course has been given a recent make over, with closing holes rerouted, a couple of greens relaid and bunkers upgraded throughout.

This is golf on a grand scale and the course can play to 7512 yards from the back tees - with a Standard Scratch Score of five over the par of 71! It’s tough enough from the regular tees mind you, and the walks from green to next tee will also test your stamina, so don’t expect to come for a stroll in the park as there’s some serious golf to be played here.

The Duke’s has a very mature feel to it even though it has only been in operation for a little over ten years and the bunkers – some of them really enormous – are as fearsome, though visually stimulating, as I have ever seen anywhere.

The Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship was held here a few weeks ago and I’m sure the SGU would have been very pleased with the condition of the course (and as their new HQ is literally next door, they would have been well aware of what was to face competitors).

The Duke’s is easily amongst the top half dozen inland courses in Scotland and deserves to be ranked higher than some of the other pretenders.

Jim McCann

July 03, 2008
8 / 10
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Douglas Campbell
Take a buggy ! Very long between green and tee. Played it twice now and can't really see me hurrying back. Not many holes to write home about and fairway condition leaves a lot to be desired.
April 17, 2008
4 / 10
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Ian Henley
May 08, 2008
The Duke's course is a different experience to the links courses of St Andrews. The Duke's is 2 miles inland and is a heathland course with many comparisons in style and presentation to Gleneagles. Still slightly new it needs to mature as a course but the setting and layout (particuarly front nine) is stunning. We all really enjoyed the golf and it was a nice variation to the main event (the Old course).
Steven Wilson
July 18, 2008
You obviously struggled and had a bad round. To say theres not much holes to write home about you must then come from a fantasy golf course because theres spectacular holes 3 6 13 16 and also beautiful views. Its a real test of golf. Maybe you should take up chess or somthing because the dukes will be 1 of the top golf courses in britain once it matures.
Chris Martin
August 17, 2010
I have joined the Dukes this summer and don't have a bad word to say about the course. This is a course where you will get an very accurate idea of what your handicap really is, and get an idea of the standard of courses that will be played on the PGA tour, particularly off the black tees. Being the sister course of Whislting Straits, Kohler hosted a charity even with the likes of Els, Singh, Montgomerie, and Clarke who struggled on some holes! Stunning views, usually very quiet and luxurios. I feel privelaged to be a member. The Dukes does not recieve the publicity and credit it deserves. Probably the best course I have played in terms of difficluty and variation.
Jim Robertson
I've always loved the Dukes and was surprised and dsiappointed to hear it's undergone major surgery recently. It didn't need this as the original Peter Thomson design was perfect - a links feel, bunkering and layout in an inland setting. In its first incarnation I rated the Dukes very highly.
May 01, 2006
8 / 10
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I’ve played the Duke’s a couple of times now, once in the Spring and once in the Autumn and each time the condition was fabulous and each time it was like playing millionaire’s golf… we pretty much had the course to ourselves. Depending on which tees you choose, there’s plenty of opportunity to take the driver out and have a swish. I liked the variation and there are some interesting and challenging holes. I particularly liked the 18th which is a great closing hole. Views across the town are stunning too. On each occasion we walked the course and found it not too much of a problem, but there are plenty of carts available. Well worth playing.
December 05, 2005
6 / 10
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