St. Andrews Links - Eden Course

3.5555333333 3.6 stars from 5 (4)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6250 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 70.6
  • Layout


Carts: Yes - medical certificate required
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes


Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes


Walking allowed: Yes
Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 70 6250 yards 70.6 125
Yellow 70 5869 yards 68.9 121
Red (W) 73 5450 yards 72.1 122

By the year 1913 the pressure for play on the Old, New and Jubilee courses was such that a fourth course was required.

Opened for play in 1914, the Eden course was designed by Harry S. Colt, internationally renowned for his course design skills. His use of the natural features and of the partially buried field boundary walls the course has an entirely natural feel.

Alterations completed in 1989, under the direction of the golf course architect, Donald Steel , do not fall short of the high standards set by Mr. Colt. The result is a course of character but slightly less testing and more forgiving than the three courses lying on the seaward side.

The Eden Tournament, inaugurated in 1919, remains one of the major amateur British golfing events. Every year over 250 golfers play for the Eden trophy in the second week of August. The legendary "Silver Scot" Tommy Armour, prominent in the golfing scene in the U.S.A., is recorded as finishing second in the qualifying rounds of the Eden Tournament of 1919 with a score of 155.

Directions: Directions from Edinburgh and the south to St Andrews: Travel north on the M90 over the Forth Bridge. Leave the Motorway at Junction 3 and follow the A92 to its junction with the A914 north of Glenrothes. Take the A914 to the next roundabout, turn right and continue on the A91 through Cupar to St Andrews.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 5.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
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recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


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Overall Rating
Type of Golfer

"Give it a look while in town"

JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

This was the perfect place to shake off the rust and yawns from flying all night. It's a course in St. Andrews, but it's not the Old, where you really want to make sure that you're well rested.

The walk was terrific, even on this somewhat chilly afternoon. The front nine was stronger than the back, but still, overall, it was a great experience. I'd play again in a heartbeat it if was off the plane, or if I wanted to get in a few holes at the end of the day chasing daylight.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate

I recommend this course

"Under appreciated and usually overlooked by visitors"

RavensGolfer's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Let's face it, the Eden course is not the reason you travelled to St. Andrews. But if you need a warm-up round after a long trip or are looking for a afternoon round after playing one of the "names", the Eden will test all parts of your game. While it's shorter and with perhaps slightly fewer bunkers, the course is laid out on the same land as the original three courses, the bunkers are just as penal and the greens might be slightly more interesting. At a much lower price point, the Eden is well worth the visit.

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

I recommend this course

"Nice addition!"

Colin468's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course was a last minute addition after 3 members of our group got on the Old Course and the other 3 of us didn't. Like all the courses in the St Andrews Links group it was in great shape, well layed out, great for working and challenging for all skill levels. Cost was very inexpensive and it was easy to get a tee time. Its also conveinently located next to the range and practice facility. This course is worth playing if you have the time to add a course to your golf schedule!

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging

I recommend this course

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