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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stuart speechly
For me, like many others, probably better than the Old course. The design feels as though more effort, thought, and most importantly, imagination has been put into this neighbour of nostalgia. The 10th is fantastic, a golfer and designer's hole. Rather put this top of your list of the St Andrews trio, you'll get the same challenge without the hole in your wallet. If you're a historian golfer, cough up and go next door.
May 31, 2004
6 / 10
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Steve Smith
In my experience, a harder challenge than its illustrious neighbour. One of the Par 3s is either hit the green, or finish in gorse. Well worth a visit, even if the Old Course is not available.
May 26, 2004
8 / 10
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David Richards
St.Andrews. Just the mention of the name fills you with a mix of excitement and apprehension of treading the hallowed turf. The New course for me was a wonderful example of how golf was played. Definition supplied by nature and the finishing touches added by man. It is a while since I played and I must admit to not having the best of days. For me there were not enough memorable holes but just the experience of being out on the links land of St.Andrews is a privilege. If this were not the so called home of golf, I do not believe it would rank so highly, but that said, what are we without tradition and history. Worth a visit, but not one of my favourite links courses of the British Isles.
May 18, 2004
6 / 10
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Billy
Fantastic underated links. Better value than the Old and I enjoyed the New more than the Old largely due to the fact that we played in late March and had to use astroturf on the Old. I felt the New just shaded the Old on the day as it seemed more like a true and proper links course to me and I found the astroturf awkward but I do need to go back and play them both again in the summer when time and money allows and reasses the situation with perhaps the Jubilee in the mix too.
March 31, 2004
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