The Dukes Golf Course has a Story to tell. St Andrews only Heathland course was actually the brainchild of The St Andrews Old Course Hotel. Despite its world-class location overlooking the Old Course, the hotel has no privileged access to the Old Course and its Tee Times. As a five-star hotel whose clientele is synonymous with elite golf. It was deemed essential to be able to offer guests guaranteed tee times on a superb Championship course. The only way to do that was to build The Dukes.
The Duke’s was carefully planned and designed to complement the classic links courses along the coastline and to enhance St Andrew’s standing as the leading destination for golfers. Originally designed by 5 Times Champion Golfer Peter Thomson and his partner Ross Perrett. Their concept for the course was simple “a golf course should grow out of the land’. Together they created a course that would be shaped by the elements, challenging and have 5 tee decks making it scalable for all golfers.
The Duke’s Course in St Andrews opened for play in July 1995 to great Fanfare. HRH The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who played an inaugural round with British Lions and Scottish Rugby Captain Gavin Hastings OBE.
The course was improved further in 2006 by Tim Liddy, a then student of Pete Dye the renowned golf course architect. Liddy changed the course to a more traditional Heathland style making improvements to the bunker layouts, drainage, and adding three new holes.
The Duke’s has matured over the years and now offers 18 magnificent holes in the delightful surrounding of Craigtoun Park, a spectacular location overlooking the historic university town and Fife’s beautiful coastline. One of Par 4s, Braw View” provides an unparalleled and unforgettable panoramic view of St Andrews.
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