St Andrews (New) - Fife - Scotland

St Andrews Links,
New Course,
St Andrews,
Fife,
KY16 9SF,
Scotland


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In the late 1800s, the Old Course was getting too popular, largely due to the extra visitors flocking to St Andrews on the trains. The R&A decided to pay for the New course to be built in return for allocated tee times on the Old. These rights are still enclosed in an Act of Parliament passed in 1894, the precursor to the current Act of 1974, which specifies how the public St Andrews links courses are managed.

The New course was designed by Old Tom Morris and Benjamin Hall Blyth, an Edinburgh engineer, and opened for play in 1895. This makes it one of the oldest “new” courses in the world!

Situated adjacent to the Old course, the New is often referred to as the local’s favourite because it is tighter and more defined than the Old. It possesses some similarities to the Old, shared fairways, a double green at the 3rd and 15th and the traditional out and back layout. In many ways it plays and feels more "normal" than the Old – it’s certainly less quirky and perhaps prettier too, with swathes of dense gorse providing brilliance of seasonal colour.

The fairways are undulating, but they don’t have the same slopes and curves as the Old. Consequently, there are fewer hanging lies. There are some great holes on the New, especially in the dunes around the turn for home. The 10th hole is a tough 464-yard par 4 and it's a cracking hole which Bernard Darwin also liked, but thought that it was not in the Old course mould. In his 1910 book, The Golf Courses of the British Isles, he wrote: “This is nevertheless a really fine one, running down a narrow gorge between two ranges of hills, with a fine, slashing second shot with the brassey, albeit more or less a blind one”.

We think that if the New Course could be transported to virtually any other coastal stretch of the British Isles, away from the shadow of its auld mater, it would surely have a higher reputation and be recognised as the excellent links course it is. Who knows? If the course had not been in the shadows for so long and perhaps updated to a similar extent as many other links courses, it might well have played host to an Open Championship.

In 1910, Darwin wrote: “Still there occasionally comes a time when we grow sick to death of the crowding and waiting on the Old course, and then we are glad enough to steal away on to the New course and have a round, which will probably be at any rate a comparatively quick one.” Could this really be the answer as to why the locals prefer the New course?

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Description: Situated adjacent to the Old course, the New course at St Andrews is often referred to as the local’s favourite because it is tighter and more defined than the Old. Rating: 6.9 out of 10 Reviews: 54
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Andy MacLean
This may be a better course than the Old, and it may take several rounds to appreciate it properly, but I just played it last month and have a hard time remembering many holes. I thought the Jubilee was by far the better course. ANDYMAC
July 23, 2009
6 / 10
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Shaun
A great course and one I enjoy more every time I play it. The course was in superb condition and rewarded good shot making. Comfortably mid table in my personal top 100.
June 03, 2009
8 / 10
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Ronan O'Driscoll
The New is much tougher than the Old - having more bushes, heather and single, rather than double fairways. It is extremely enjoyable and a great test of golf without a single weak hole. A pleasure.
April 27, 2009
8 / 10
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Alex Westenfield
Played in Aug. 2008. Very enjoyable and overall relaxing walk, even though this is a reall good test of golf, especially after first several holes. Highly recommend including this on a St. Andrews itinerary. Wonderful and difficult set of par threes.
December 05, 2008
6 / 10
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A good course, but the holes are all very similar...which is one reason why it is not a patch on the Old Course. I would vbe very happy to play it again but I am more likly to try the Jubilee Course (or the new Castle Course) next time.
April 15, 2008
6 / 10
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Andrew Harrison
Played this course Dec 5th 2007 for £32 (winter rate). Played Muirfield the week before and to be fair although Muirfield does have some excellent holes I think it is overated. I prefered the New Course at St Andrews to Muirfield.If the Old Course was not next to the New I thnk the New Course would be rated higher. The Greens were in great condition a great suprise considering it was December. The course is a tough course to play (it was blowing a gale when I played it). I can understand some reviews saying that they played to their hadicap because although it is a tough test of golf, if you miss the fairways in the right places it does not punish you too much, miss the fairways in the wrong place and it will tear year heart out!.Great par threes, good bunkering, a dream to play!
December 06, 2007
10 / 10
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John McPheson
Similar to Troon.... starts blah, great holes in the middle, ends with a wimper.
September 04, 2007
6 / 10
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papa rabbi
Although the New Course is a revered course and thought by some to be tougher than the Old Course I was not 'wowed' as I thought I might be. I found it actually pretty easy and played to my handicap even though I played particularly badly! Driving is not difficult as the fairways aren't severely protected. The par 3's however are all very good and really do offer a stern test with accuracy, length and imagination required.
June 04, 2007
6 / 10
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Lee Abbey
The locals seem to think this is the harder of the St.Andrews courses and a lot prefer it to the Old but I honestly cannot see how. Maybe the New wasn't looking it's best as there were obvious signs of it being overplayed but to me there is a mile of difference between this and the Old (even forgetting the history of the Old). Great to have played it but not one to go back to for me I'm afraid.
May 07, 2007
6 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Played in late April for the first time an a little disappointed really. Some have said they prefer the New to the Old course – not even close for me. I have had the pleasure of playing 50+ links courses and the New is good but that is about it. Just cant really put my finger on it but something was missing – played to handicap, so it’s not that. Favourite hole was the long par-3 9th but overall the challenge the course put up was lacking – seemed to get my 36 points without too much problem…
May 03, 2007
4 / 10
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