St. Andrews Links - New Course

4.7843235294 4.8 stars from 5 (6)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6625 yards
  • Slope: 127
  • Rating: 72.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 71 6625 yards 72.8 127
Yellow 71 6362 yards 71.6 125
Red (W) 75 5992 yards 75.3 126

The "New" Course of St Andrews is hardly new. Over 100 years old, The New Course is one of the finest golf courses in the world today. Why the name? The St Andrews Trust came up with the name merely to distinguish it from the "Old" Course.

Opened in April 1895, the course was built in response to increasing demand for golf at St Andrews, both from locals and from the visitors who were flocking to the town in increasing numbers on the recently constructed railway.

The construction of the New Course was paid for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club as part of an arrangement under which the club was allocated the right to certain starting times on the Old Course. These arrangements were enshrined in the first Act of Parliament concerning the Links which was passed in 1894 and was the forerunner of the current Act of 1974 which specifies how the links are to be run.

The R&A engaged W Hall Blyth, an Edinburgh civil engineer, to design the New Course, and entrusted the layout to "Old" Tom Morris

The result is a classic links course which uses the natural features of the land to create a first class golfing challenge. The course has the traditional out and back layout, with the 18th green just to the right of the first tee. It also has, in the great St Andrews tradition, shared fairways and even a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes.

It has frequently been said that if the New Course were not situated next to the Old, then its star would have shone with a far greater degree of brilliance.

It's a shame in many ways that such a great course has to be in the shadow of an illustrious neighbor. The New Course at St Andrews is a golf experience for the ages.

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 4.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 6 Reviews
5 stars:
4
4 stars:
2
3 stars:
0
2 stars:
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1 stars:
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recommend this course

6 out of 6 reviews


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"Essential on your St. Andrews itinerary"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
Previously played Walked Windy weather

Reviewed on

The newest course at St. Andrews is the Castle, but there is only one New Course, which dates back to 1895. It's one of Old Tom Morris' best works, but it's in truth far more straightforward than what you're used to with Old Tom at places like Prestwick or Cruden Bay. We played the New Course the afternoon after playing the Old, and there is just a lot more room to hit it and it's easier to see all the trouble. That was fortunate because it was a breezy day.

It's an out-and-back routing that plays beside the front side of the Old. One interesting point is when the Old's 9th and 10th holes cut into the routing of the New, which plays around it. The par-3 9th hole hugs the Estuary and is a standout. Some new dunes were recently added along the 15th hole to shield TV trucks and satellites from the compound.

Mind your yardage guide, there are several holes that have a smattering of bunkers right in the landing area, so don't just bang 14 drivers. The 3rd and 15th holes share a huge double-green.

Locals often say the New is the best of the bunch at St. Andrews. I doubt many visitors who covet the Old and the history attached to it will agree, but definitely understand the New should be on any multi-day itinerary in St. Andrews right beside Kingsbarns and the Old.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



"St Andrews Links Double"


MichaelLowe's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We played the New Course as part of a 36 hole day that included a round the Old Course in the morning. I couldn’t think of a better day than playing the two most highly regarded courses at the St. Andrews Links. The New Course sits between the Old Course and the Jubilee Course on the property was built in 1895 by Old Tom Morris making it the oldest new course in the world. We teed off in the afternoon under perfect skies. The Old Course gets most of the accolades, but the New Course offers a very tough test (deep riveted bunkers, rough, spiny flowering gorse, large dunes and more) and beautiful views of the Eden River and the North Sea. While a trip to St. Andrews wouldn’t be totally complete without a round at The Old Course, a walk round the New Course is a heck of a memory in and of itself.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"It's not the Old, but it's still old and in St. Andrews"


JayCoffinGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
First time playing Walked Wet weather

Reviewed on

This is a tough one. It's probably a better layout than the Old, and most of the front nine is just along the side of the Old, which makes you jealous. But, it's not the Old.

If you can put the Old out of your mind and enjoy it for what it is, you'll have a great time. If you're not able to play the Old and only get on the New, you may have fun, but it's still difficult not to perseverate over the fact you're not really on the hallowed grounds.

Still, this is a good track and fun to play. We had tough conditions on this late afternoon, but I'd play it again in a heartbeat.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Shouldn't miss this"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Opinions vary whether the New or the Jubilee is the toughest of the original courses at St. Andrews. I've also found the New to be plenty of challenge. While it doesn't have the magic of the double greens on the Old Course or playing in and out of the village, I think it's a better layout than the Old. Plus you get to play along the Old course for much of the front 9.

In recent years, a lot of the gorse has been removed, making the course play a bit easier if you spray the ball. But it's hurt the feeling of the holes being isolated from each other.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The Old New Course! - 1895"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

We played this course 3 years, and new we had to play it again this trip. Excellent condition, great layout, numerous challenging holes for all ages. Easy to walk and easy to enjoy. This course should be added to your itineray if you are playing any of the St Andrews Links courses. The clubhouse is really nice, with a roof top garden, that provides 360degrees views of the old, new and jubilee courses! Pro shop is stocked with all your golf and tourist souvenir needs. The bar/restaurant has great views and great selection of food and drink for after your round. Even if you aren't playing this clubhouse is worth the visit!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Second Choice......"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Denver Advisor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Can't get onto the Old Course? Then get onto the "New"; it is still over a century old. For many of the locals, this is where they play the most. I found it to be the most difficult of the four courses I played at the Home of Golf. Designed by Old Tom himself, the New is between the Jubilee and the Old. The routing is a bit different in that one goes back and forth instead of just a classic out and back routing. I really don't remember any of the holes being special but I also don't remember a weak one. I do remember the par 3 by the estuary being quite difficult in a wind. I also found it to be the narrowest of the courses and accurate driving really comes into play here more than the others. It is true links golf with bump and run, shot options and quality bunkering. It doesn't have the quirk or strategic options of the Old, but there are only a handful of courses that do.<br/> Over all, another quality course at the Home of Golf, but not really in and of itself worth a trip over the pond.<br/> The course is near the restaurant and putting green. If in town, play it but do try your best to get onto the Old.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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