Review for St Andrews (Castle)

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The Castle course was the centrepiece for our 3 day trip into Scotland, and it didn’t disappoint. We were lucky enough to visit on a sunny, and pretty still September day, so got the best of the late summer weather, and I see how this can massively alter ones view of the course.

For me, this was hole after hole of outstanding golf course design. Isolation means you are focussed on each hole in turn, giving each fairway and then green the attention it deserves. We thought the greens were fair, despite large humps and hollows, but pin positioning meant everything was accessible to 2 putt if the wand was working well.

As the front 9 progresses there have been teasers of the view of the town and the bay, before the drive over the marker post at the 6 and everything opens out before you for the approach to the green. Stunning. Pure and simply, stunning. The next few holes skirt the edge of the course with gorgeous sea views and a glorious shared green at the 9th is a lovely touch.

After a quick coffee at the Halfway House it’s back inland, heading up the coast with views of the Torrance/Fairmont course and more of the same beautifully designed holes, exceptional playing conditions, true and challenging greens.

Whilst the recommendation for the reviewers is to rate the course not the facilities, there is so much more than just the course that adds or detracts from the whole experience. I would like to call out the rangers at The Castle as adding greatly to our day. Apart from one over officious individual on the driving range, out on the course they were helpful, willing to have a bit of banter, and to make sure we had a great day.

The closing holes, a devilishly difficult (SI 16!) 390yd 16th into the wind, a nerve jangling par 3 over the beach and a long closing hole back to the shared green sum up the course perfectly. It’s fun, it’s hard, it’s just a pleasure to experience.

Date: September 27, 2020

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