Golf Course of the Month – March 2020 The Duke’s Course, St Andrews
Sitting proudly above the famed Links of St Andrews, the Duke’s commands a simply breathtaking vista overlooking its illustrious neighbour and beyond to the sea. With most people visiting St Andrews to cross off one of the items on their bucket list, or to play a true links course, this championship heathland course can sometimes go un-noticed. However, to leave this gem off your itinerary would be prudish.
As host to the International European Amateur Championship in 2014, the Duke’s has proven itself to be one of the finest inland courses in the country. The course was designed by 5 times Open-winner Peter Thomson and has enjoyed significant course enhancements in recent years by the team that created Whistling Straights. Each hole offers the choice of 5 different tee positions playing onto large, undulating fairways that are scattered with large, albeit forgiving bunkers. Most holes are hugged by mature pine trees and there are a couple of water hazards that come into play too. There are no caddies at the Duke’s but they do have a fleet of buggies and superb practice facilities. The relaxed clubhouse offers the same panoramic views of the well-manicured course and beyond to St Andrews, housing a well-stocked pro shop with friendly, knowledgeable staff.