St Andrews: The New Course
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The New and Jubilee courses are cheek by jowl in the great swath of linksland hard on the North Sea, but it is more often that golfers compare The New with The Old. At first blush the two seem very different animals and to some degree that is undeniably the case for there can only be one Old Course. However, the two courses are clearly of the same ilk. Both run over the same ebbing and flowing terrain, but the New to a lesser degree. Both offer awkward stances and lies, but the New to a lesser degree. Both have imaginative and sometimes huge putting surfaces, but the New to a lesser degree. In the final analysis, The New is a little less peculiar and thus, perhaps unfairly, judged as ordinary. While not a great course, The New is part of the St Andrews family and therefore commands respect. Mind you, on the odd occasion the course reaches exceptional heights; the long one-shot 9th near the Estuary perhaps rivals Eden for the honour of best par three in St Andrews. The course becomes particularly interesting from the 5th with the highlight of the round out near the far end of the course on #s 8-10.
Other Holes of Note:
#5: The 9th hogs The New’s limelight, but the short 5th is a cracking hole featuring a left to right two-tier green. If one loses a shot right on the wind only a well judged putt will earn a 3.
#15: A large and angled double green shared with the 3rd, this shortish par 4 can play very tricky for the greedy player.
#18: The lovely home hole plays over undulating ground to a green under the Links Clubhouse.
Carnoustie Burnside Course: A Classic James Braid design which is easy on the legs.
Carnoustie Championship Course: A must play links
Kingsbarns Golf Links: One of the classy newcomers to the Scottish golfing scene
St Andrews Castle Course: The course is characterized by difficult greens and bold features.
St Andrews: The Old Course!
I have not yet had the pleasure, but trusted sources claim Golf House Club Elie, distinguished by its sixteen par 4s, is very much worth a visit.