The Castle Course at St. Andrews - Scotland

Golf course architect and native Scot David McLay Kidd (creator of famed Bandon Dunes in Oregon) called in hundreds of loads of earth to create the effect of dune-swept linksland for The Castle Course, the newest of the seven courses overseen by the St. Andrews Links Trust.

Nevertheless, The Castle Course looks like it has been here forever.

The instantly aged landscape, however, belies the legitimately long history of the land upon which the golf course is built. Kinkell Ness, the stunning escarpment upon which the dual ninth and 18th green is now situated, was in the Middle Ages the site of Kinkell Castle, home of the prominent Moneypenny family, who were deeded the land in 1211.

Hence the name "Castle Course" and the peer's helmet logo adopted by the course.

The Castle Course is like nothing else in Fife - perhaps not like any other golf course in Scotland. Visitors to the historic links at St. Andrews will be well-rewarded if they make time for this newest addition to 600 years of golf history.

Oct 02, 2008

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Kiel Christianson

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Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Illinois. Read his golf blog here.