St Andrews (New)

St Andrews (New)

St Andrews (New) Golf Links

St Andrews (New) | NCG Top 100s: GB&I Golf Courses

It's called the New Course. It isn't exactly new though, is it? In fact, it is the oldest 'New' course in the world, as it dates back to 1895.

Everyone knows about its older brother, the glorious Old Course at St Andrews, which has hosted the Open Championship on no fewer than 30 occasions. However, the New Course is arguably the best lay-out in the St Andrews portfolio, one that includes seven courses.

Old Tom Morris, the four-time Open Champion, was the man who designed the New Course, and it has become a stunning course in its own right, one of three St Andrews venues to have a spot on the NCG Top 100 Great Britain & Ireland list.

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A Brief History of St Andrews (New) Golf Links

1895 saw the design and construction of the New Course. The idea came to the fore as the Old Course was becoming overcrowded, with the demand for golf getting too much for the town.

Four-time Open Champion Old Tom Morris, who called St Andrews home, was the designer of the New Course, which was opened in 1895, making it the oldest 'New' course in golf. It was built on land to the southeast of the Old Course, but stayed true to the links philosophy of fast and undulating fairways, rolling dunes and pot bunkers.

The New Course has undergone renovations over the years to keep it in line with modern standards and technologies. Like all of the courses at St Andrews, the New is open to the public.

Morris' design has played host to Final Qualifying for the Open Championship on several occasions, as well as hosting a number of amateur tournaments in its 125-year history.

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The New Course is by no means the longest course in the world, measuring at just 6,500 yards. However, it still is a tough test, and when the wind gets up, it becomes a true links challenge. Like most links courses, it is an out-and-back style course, with the course winding in between the Old Course and the Jubilee Course.

The New opens up with a gentle par-4, one that could be driveable for the longest of hitters at just 315 yards. The 2nd is another short-ish par-4, before the opening par-5 on the course, the 3rd. At just 508 yards, it is a definite opportunity, and it features a double green with the 15th hole.

The 5th is the first par-3 on the course, and with a severely undulating green, finding the right portion is key to making par or better. 6 is the hardest hole on the New, a 441-yard par-4, with 7 and 8 offering up more scoring opportunities. The latter is a par-5 that measures just 480 yards from the tips. The closing hole on the front nine of the New Course is at the most northern point, with the estuary to the left of the 223-yard par-3 9th hole.

The back nine begins with a 456 yard par-4 to really test your driving abilities, but there are scoring opportunities to come. 11 has four greenside bunkers, but it is only 360 yards long, while the 12th is the opening par-5 on the closing nine, but it measures in at less than 520 yards. 13 is a short par-3 where club selection is crucial, with 14 and 15 both being par-4s at less than 400.

The closing stretch on the New Course begins with the 16th hole, a lengthy par-4, before the penultimate hole on the course tests your mettle. 17 is a 220-yard par-3 with a big bunker to the front right portion of the green. The closing hole is a tricky par-4, but with a good drive, there is a chance of birdieing the last!

What are the green fees for playing the New Course at St Andrews?

During the high season (17 April 2023 - 15 October 2023), the New Course costs £130. In the shoulder season (16 October 2023 - 30 November 2023) it costs £92 and is further reduced during the low season (01 December 2023 - 31 March 2024), costing £65.

Visit the New Course's page on the St Andrews website here.
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