The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 12
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 12
The par-3 12th hole on The Duke's Course features a stone wall behind and left of the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 11
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 11
The par-5 11th hole at The Duke's Course is guarded by a burn in front of the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - hole 10
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - hole 10
The par-4 10th hole on The Duke's Course is a tricky dogleg left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 7
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 7
The long, par-4 seventh hole on the Duke's Course heads downhill toward the sea and town in the background. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 13
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 13
The Duke's Course's par-4 13th hole is downhill all the way and can be driven from the tee by long hitters when the wind is at their back. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 16
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 16
The par-3 16th hole on The Duke's Course heads downhill from the tee box and plays to a large green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 17
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 17
The par-4 17th hole is framed by trees the whole way on The Duke's Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 18
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 18
The 18th green is perched on one of the highest spots on The Duke's Course and is in view of the town a mile away. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Clubhouse
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Clubhouse
The Duke's Course has elaborate clubhouse facilities, including a dining room, pro shop and full locker room. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 8
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews - Hole 8
The par-3 8th hole can play up to 250 yards, gently uphill on the Duke's Course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
The Duke's Course in St. Andrews
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The Duke's Course in St. Andrews
Architect Tim Liddy, who worked under Pete Dye at Kohler's Whistling Straits, remodeled the Duke's course. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

The Duke's Course in St. Andrews, Scotland

The Duke's Course is a modern heathland golf course located just outside the town of St. Andrews, Scotland.

It was originally designed by Peter Thomson, but after Herb Kohler purchased the Old Course Hotel and Duke's property, he called on Pete Dye apprentice Tim Liddy to redesign the course, including creating four new holes and reshaping each of the 100-plus bunkers. The five sets of tees can stretch longer than 7,500 yards, and the course hosted the 2008 Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship.

The Duke's has also been continually upgraded and renovated to drain better, with the constant addition of sandy soil helping improve past drainage problems. Several greens have also been rebuilt in recent years.

The Duke's is the official course of the Old Course Hotel, which offers guests preferred access to the course, though it's open to the public daily. There is a full practice facility, and the clubhouse, which overlooks the town and coastline, serves a delicious lunch with some wonderful scenery.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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