St Andrews (Eden) - Fife - Scotland

St Andrews Links Trust,
Pilmour House,
St Andrews,
Fife,
KY16 9SF,
Scotland


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Located west of the Old, New and Jubilee courses and north of the Strathtyrum and Balgove courses, the 6,112-yard, par 70, Eden course is a fine links on which to enjoy a round of golf at St Andrews.

Designed by Harry Colt in 1914, the Eden bears many of his hallmarks – more strategic than punishing – especially with the greens which established the benchmark for modern putting surface design. Colt built contoured greens to allow good drainage and the putting surfaces of the Eden course are said to be the most undulating of any of the St Andrews Links Trust courses.

Colt also included partially buried field boundary walls in the Eden design with a result that the routing is very natural and flowing. Deep pot bunkers are scattered liberally around the course to catch errant tee shots or approaches to the green.

In fairness, most fairways are generously proportioned; though out of bounds threaten wayward strokes on many of the holes. A sliced shot on the 417-yard, par four 3rd, for instance, will see you out of bounds and onto the Old course – don’t linger too long looking for it though as their marshals will soon know that you’ve gate crashed your way onto the tourist course!

The Eden may be one of the few low-scoring opportunities to be had at St Andrews, however, between the sloping greens, strategically placed bunkers and fairway humps and hollows, above average approach play and a good game plan will be required to make a net score around par.

Several holes are worthy of consideration: The green of the 144-yard, par three 5th has two tiers, with a seven feet slope in between that will severely test the very best of putters. The 350-yard, par four 14th and 170-yard, par three 15th feature a pond – added in 1985 – which is the only inland water hazard on all of the St Andrews Links Trust courses.

The toughest hole on the course is the 432-yard, par 4 17th which is routed along the curve of the old railway line with out of bounds to the right of the fairway. The line for the tee shot is the most distant visible bunker. The green is relatively deep but there is not much room between the protecting bunker left and the out of bounds right.

One other good point about playing the Eden course is the use of the new Eden and Strathtyrum Clubhouse which affords a quiet respite from the masses who flock to the nearby clubhouse for the Old, New, and Jubilee courses.

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Description: Designed by Harry Colt in 1914, the St Andrews Eden course bears many of his "more strategic than punishing" hallmarks, especially the greens, which established the benchmark for modern putting surface design. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 12
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Robert Mcallan

The Eden is always going to be over shadowed by the other courses on the links but in terms of condition it is an equal to the Jubilee/New etc. The course isn't the biggest challenge in golf but that does not detract from what is a very fine layout. I played in the summer of 2018, later in the day, I zipped around at a fine pace. There was something tranquil about the clubhouse and initial tee box, a vibe that lasted all the way around. I wouldn't rush to play it again but that isn't to discredit it. It was fun and straight forward.

January 22, 2019
5 / 6
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oscar balhuizen

If Eden is only ranked as the fifth course of the St Andrews links offering, I'm wondering how good the other courses will be. Since Eden was my first St Andrews experience, I can't comment on its St Andrews ranking. But being ranked only as the 15th venue of Fife sounds a bit on the low side to me.

I liked the course very much; it is a charming course, and pretty in its simplicity. The course starts with a gentle par 4 leading to the land in between the Eden Estuary and the Old Course, where the other holes are situated. The turf is superb, the greens a joy to play on, and the overall maintenance level is of a very high standard. While looking at the fully packed (and jammed) next door Old Course, we enjoyed a nice, calm round on an almost empty track.

I loved the two crossing par 3's: a perfect example that holes don't need to be long to be a challenge. I agree with earlier reviewers that the outward nine are of exceptional quality, but the second nine has plenty of good holes on offer too.

Next time I'll be tempted to pick one of the other courses at St Andrews to expand my St Andrews experience, but won't complain if Eden will be on the playing list as well.

OCB

July 24, 2017
5 / 6
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Ed Battye

After nine holes I was certain that the Eden links would be my favourite of all the courses at St. Andrews and, despite a run of blander holes on the back-nine, it is still more than worth seeing.

Originally designed by Harry Colt in 1914 the Eden has also seen many changes in its history for various reasons.

It is certainly the most fun and has some amazing greens, especially on the front nine. It is shorter than both its elder siblings (6,250 yards with a par of 70) and is not as heavily bunkered yet the challenge remains high.

Many of the greens are more heavily contoured and you can have some really interesting putts. There are also some dramatic green complexes, none-more-so than the short eighth with a steep slope at the front.

Ed is the founder of Golf Empire – click the link to read his full review.

March 31, 2017
4 / 6
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Mariano Martinez de Azagra

According to its rating on this list, the Eden Course is a clearly understated course. Surely, its location next to the Old Course tends to detract from this rather interesting route.

It is true that the terrain on which it is situated is not spectacular orSt Andrews (Eden) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer especially photogenic (which can also be applied to the rest of Saint Andrews' courses), but there are more than a handful of interesting holes.

Thus, the first hole, seemingly bare, has one of the most peculiar greens I have ever encountered. Also note the two par 3s that crisscross each other, 5th and 8th, the short par 4 4th, which runs along the Eden Estuary, or the par 4 17th, among other holes.

And, in general, it is to be thankful for the great conditioning and the fact that the rough is kept at an acceptable level of penalty.

It is not surprising that, at the time, this work of Colt was appreciated and praised by other contemporary architects like McKenzie.

Of course, I would recommend this course as a true golf links approach, and not as a simple warm-up if you play the Old Course.

MMA, Barcelona, Spain.

December 20, 2016
5 / 6
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David Worley
The original opening two holes have disappeared and the course now starts with what was the 3rd hole. The 1st green is one of the most intriguing on any of the St Andrews courses. It is divided into two by a ridge running from front to back and each half has a large swale at the front. Right at the back of the green is a stone wall behind which is the old Shepherd’s Cottage.

The first nine holes are from the original Harry Colt layout. The 10th is a rather featureless, flat par three with just the one bunker and a narrow green. Index 2 is the par four 13th. There is plenty of room for the drive and whilst there are no greenside bunkers, the left features the path of the old railway line and to the right is heavy rough and then out of bounds.

From the 14th the course has somewhat less of a links feel, especially with the large pond running along the left for the last one hundred yards of the 14th and all the way on the left side of the par three 15th. On a windy day this course is no pushover. Whilst it has some good holes it would clearly rank in fourth place behind its more celebrated cousins, the Old, New and Jubilee.

This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every Scottish course that he played and featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.
March 26, 2015
3 / 6
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Andrew Markham
There is a charm about the Eden which is lacking in the New, Jubilee and (especially) the Castle courses. The outward nine, featuring the original Colt greens, does not contain one unsatisfactory hole. The inward nine begins well with another good par three. Holes 12 through 15 at the far end of the course are less links-like and involve a pond. However, the finish is good with a genuine three shotter, an excellent four and a good, possible birdie chance, to finish.
June 15, 2014
4 / 6
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steve guzik
Ive played the Eden a few times but after playing it on New Years day I felt compelled to write a review. The first 8 holes do not contain a single weak hole, and you might even say not even an average one. Holes 1 and 4 are the 'easy hole' antidotes to the diffucult 2nd & 3rd. The 5th & 8th are superb par 3's - the best in all of St Andrews links with the possible exception of the 11th on the Old. I have to say when I got to the turn I though "This is the best front 9 of all the St Andrews Links courses" and I would still defend this point of view although that might be slightly harsh on the Jubilee. The back 9 is more maligned but I thought it started really well with a tough par 3 and 3 excellent par 4s. That got us to the lake holes (14 & 15) and whilst I agree the feature is very un-St Andrews, I thought the two holes as stand alone holes were very good. 16 is a bit of a slog but 17 is the best hole on the course for me and the 18th is a nice gentle finish and a great birdie chance. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my round due to the incredible variety that the course offered. The condition was out of this world considering it had been shut for the previous 10 days and I think this round has shunted the course 10 or so places up my personal favourite golf courses.
January 05, 2011
5 / 6
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Ross Cameron
The Eden is a very under rated golf course. With the exception of the 14th and 15th this is a very good track. The front nine is reasonably tight off the tee, the greens are usually heavily contoured on the outward nine, with the first being a prime example. The back nine is not as good with the newer holes 14 and 15 being a let down. The turf is not as springy or links like and the pond is hideous but does add a new dimension to the holes, th pond is probably there for drainage as the area is quite marshy. My personal favorites were the par 3 5th and par 3 8th, both played from the same tee. The eden is very under rated, this may not be as good as The old, or New courses, but it is a quality golf course and well worth a visit.
October 15, 2009
5 / 6
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Martin Jordan
The Eden is a classic afternoon course, the ideal 2nd part of a 36 hole day when the legs are tiring. This in no way is meant to be a disparaging remark as the Eden is a decent track although, in my opinion it is the weakest of all the Trust courses that I have played (I have Strathtyrum, Balgove and The Castle still to play). That said Eden does have some good holes but not enough in my opinion to elevate it above average although, the humps and hollows on the greens and fairways will keep you entertained a prime example being the first green which is a devil to read. Par here is always gratefully accepted. As for the shepherds cottage to the rear of the green well, I thought that was marvellous. You soon begin to realise that keeping the ball in play is everything here as out of bounds is a real possibility on numerous holes as is the estuary which comes in to play at the 3rd, 7th, 13th and 14th so don’t be tempted to use the big stick if you don’t have to. As other reviews have stated make sure you are on the right level on the 5th green or you are entering a putting lottery. Now, dear friends, we come to the 14th and 15th and the addition of the pond, which I think is horrible. It looks to me like an after thought that being said, it does make you stop and think. Eden leaves the best till last with two decent holes to finish. The 17th, the best on the course in my opinion, is a tight driving hole with ob right and bunkers left. Par is well earned here. The 18th is a shortish par 4 with gorse all the way up the right side and a hedge potentially obscuring the green if you are too far left so just right of centre is the way to go. As ever, I like to finish on a positive and that comes in the shape of the new clubhouse which serves the Eden, Strathtyrum and Balgove which is beautifully fitted out and is all a golfer could ever need. MPPJ
August 05, 2008
3 / 6
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paul turner
There are lots of great greens on The Eden, not just the 1st. In fact all of the originals are superb. It's the Donald Steel redesign holes that are a real shame...the pond is an awful addition. The Links Trust should be ashamed of tearing up this Colt course. Still its deifinitely worth playing for the original holes...it's better than Jubilee.
September 30, 2007
5 / 6
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