Pilmour House, Craigtoun,
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SF
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb (especially at 9 and 18 back to the clubhouse).
Rural countryside and woodland.
Original design by Peter Thomson, with significant later alterations and a new back-nine layout by Tim Liddy in 2006.
3 miles SW of St Andrews
From the A91 roundabout at western edge of St Andrews, follow direction town centre. After o.3 miles at mini-roundabout follow A915 direction Kirkaldy / Leven. After 200 yards go straight over roundabout and after a further 200 yards turn right into Argyle Street (B939), direction Dukes Golf Course. After 300 yards bear left at mini-roundabout and follow direction Craigtoun / Dukes Golf Club. After 2 miles golf club entrance is on your left.
The Duke's Course, St Andrews provides a quite different golfing experience from its seaside links cousins, all of whom are located closer to the seashore in St Andrews. The Duke’s lies two miles inland, laid out in the Mount Melville Estate, originally home to the Younger family (of brewing fame). Rather than an open layout weaving through sand dunes, here the course exudes a distinctly more gorse and tree-lined "highland" feel.
The Duke's course sweeps majestically through open rural countryside as well as into attractive pockets of woodland. Birch and pine trees, plenty of gorse bushes, rough-edged authentically designed bunkering and willowy (but unforgiving) rough, all combine to give you plenty of golfing challenges from the tee and around the greens. Wayward hitting from the tee could cost you a shot or two; erratic putting on the large undulating greens could do the same. The pleasantly undulating terrain contains one or two stiffish climbs, but generally this big-dimension, roaming layout is not too strenuous a course to play. It makes some physical demands as you journey round, but never exhaustingly so.
The revamped back-nine has significantly improved the overall layout, taking you into new territory, and an expansive loop located below the clubhouse. The finishing flourish includes two testing parkland holes in front of the clubhouse. From this lofty estate, you will enjoy stunning views back down to the spires of St Andrews, across the Eden and Tay estuaries to Angus and out across the wide expanse of the North Sea.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, combination tickets, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
The Duke's is the partner course of the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, and not one of the courses administered by the St Andrews Links Trust. Both the Old Course Hotel and the Duke's course are part of the Kohler Company, which famously owns and runs the Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run courses in Kohler, Wisconsin.
2019 Golf World rating: 43rd best course in Scotland; 19th best Stay&Play golf resort in Britain & Ireland (in combination with Old Course Hotel).
Old Station Road, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SP
+44 (0)1334 474 371Visit website
Nestling right alongside the famous par-4 17th Road hole, the iconic Old Course Hotel enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses of St Andrews, the West Sands beach and the beautiful north Fife coastline. This prestigious five-star hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites, and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resort destinations. The Old Course Hotel is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World collection.
St Andrews (Duke's course); St Andrews Links (x7 courses); Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin & Torrance courses).
Kingsbarns; Crail (Balcomie links); Ladybank; Scotscraig; Elie; Lundin; Leven.
40 The Scores, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AS
+44 (0)1334 472 611Visit website
Following a significant refurbishment and extension from 22 to 40 rooms, the Hotel du Vin St Andrews (formerly St Andrews Golf Hotel) now boasts a new and contemporary interior design inside this spacious Victorian townhouse. The views over St Andrews Bay and beaches are as spectacular as ever. In its quiet terrace location near the Promenade, this stylish, boutique hotel offers underground parking, external courtyard, whisky sampling room and wine cellar, as well as the famous student bar Ma Bells.
St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Dukes course); The Castle Course; Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin and Torrance courses).
Kingsbarns; Crail (Balcomie and Craighead links); Ladybank; Scotscraig; Lundin; Leven; Elie.
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