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“Not a links course”

The Duke's St Andrews
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Owner description: The Duke's, owned and managed by the Old Course Hotel, is a lush, heathland golf course perched on the hillside just a few minutes from the hotel. Noted in Golf World's Top 100 Courses in the Scotland, this championship 18-hole course has magnificent greens, beautiful fairways, a fleet of electric golf buggies and five tees on every hole, making it most appealing to golfers of all abilities. Don't forget to visit The Duke's Clubhouse, a popular and relaxed dining venue with stunning views of St Andrews and beyond. The award-winning Duke’s Clubhouse offers a hearty selection of traditional food to warm the cockles of any weary golfer’s heart - tune in to the post-golfing analysis over a pint of beer or head on to the deck and catch a few rays of sun with a gin and tonic in hand.
Edmonton, Canada
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“Not a links course”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

Very much a tree lined course, but in excellent shape.

Visited February 2011
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“Surprisingly good golf”
Reviewed July 22, 2010

I read in the Golf Nook website the Dukes golf course was recently renovated so I tried it out. It's fabulous and I feel it's a hidden gem. If it were anyplace else but St. Andrews it would be famous. If you're in the area try it out. It's not a links course but check out the review at www.golfnook.com I think you'll agree with me that's sit's a worthwhile play.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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“A lovely course”
Reviewed May 11, 2010

The Duke's sit overlooking the town of St Andrews and winds through some beautiful hills snaking up and down. While the Links courses (the Old, New and Jubilee) are flat and very walkable, the use of a buggy adviseable on this up and down layout. In addition, the walk from green to next tee is a bit longer (quite a bit in some cases). Nevertheless, it is a glorious course with wild bunkers, fast greens and beautiful fairways. It is a fine test of golf and highly recommended

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Fordyce, Arkansas
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“Perfectly Nice Course. Somewhat Different From Others in the Area”
Reviewed August 13, 2008

This course, about 5 minutes from St. Andrews is owned by the Kohler Company, owners of the Olf Course Hotel. They have poured a lot of money into it and it is a very nice facility.

It is a parkland style course as opposed to the links courses on the coast. It has some elevation and sports some outstanding views of St. Andrews and the Firth of Tay. Most holes are tree lined.

It is definitely not a course you can walk as many of the tee boxes are quite removed from the previous green and as a result, carts are used, a rarity in the area. The clubhouse is very nice and has a full service restaurant. All in all a very nice course and facility.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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“Duke's Did it for Me”
Reviewed August 31, 2006

It started off as one of those mornings you generally try to avoid. A cracking March morning and two excited golfers heading off to a very respected club with the eternal optimists' approach to travel, not allowing for woeful map reading skills. The earlier-than-usual tee off time was fast approaching and we were lost. Eventually, my old playing partner, Dave, and myself skidded into the car park, and ran to the changing rooms. Not really suitable behaviour for any club let alone Dukes, St Andrews. If travelling to Duke's from Edinburgh give yourself at least an hour and a half.

The course was in a much better state than we imagined. Dukes starts with a long par 5, water on the left with a long uninviting rough on the right.

Dukes Course is perched way up in the hills of the Kingdom of Fife, Scotland, and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Scottish landscape, including St Andrews Bay. Initially though, the course takes you round the woody areas of the Front 9 saving the vistas for later. As you'd expect, the layout was extremely well designed and the tee conditions were excellent, especially for March in the uncertain North. Dukes was opened by HRH Prince Andrew in 1995 and designed by the five times Open Champion Peter Thompson. A keen attention to detail makes this course a real challenge but it is ultimately fair.

Even though it's a Parkland course, the design lends itself to a strategic game similar to a traditional links course, especially apparent on the Back 9. Peter Thompson has adhered to the legendary principles of St Andrews and designed a course that has its roots firmly in the grand traditions of Scottish Golf. Having designed over 100 courses to date, he's applied some noticeable flair, mixing rolling fairways and contoured greens with some ominous looking bunkers to entice the bigger hitters on longer holes.

As the course is high up, overlooking the coastline of Fife, it's completely at the mercy of any prevailing winds. As a result, it can play just like a links. Measuring over 7,000 yards from the Championship Tees and playing to a par 72, it's far from being a pushover. However, the course has more than length to its bow.

There are opportunities for some good scoring at Dukes, but be warned; fly the ball at your own risk – as with traditional links courses , opting for pitch n' run is the preferred option. The design and landscape of the Back 9 shifts considerably with the vista opening up so dramatically, you suddenly feel as if you’ve been wearing blinkers. From the 11th on, you truly get to appreciate Scotland's beauty first hand. It's a real help if there isn't a group sticking close to your tail from here on in.

For any budding golfer wishing to play this part of the country, Dukes will certainly not disappoint. The 13th is magnificent, and has views that might get in the way of your golf. The greens at Dukes were extremely challenging, protected by as many as eight pot bunkers and contours to perplex any golfer. There are a fine variety of burns, bracken and ponds at Dukes; it’s sometimes easy to forget you're in the links capital of the world.

As far as costs go, Dukes is quite expensive at 95 pounds a round but the quality on offer makes it worthwhile if the weather is good. Take advantage of the twiglight tee times which are much less although be sure to book well in advance as these tee times are often the first to go! The service and attention to detail are what you'd expect from a course like this and more importantly, availability is the key. Unlike the fiercely popular Old Course, it's still relatively easy to book daytime tee offs at Dukes and it is yet to suffer the overcrowding associated with other courses of such a high standard.

Once you've made your way up the 18th, The Clubhouse is a welcome finish to a memorable day. In luxury befitting the St Andrew's Hotel, there's ample space to relax and unwind, and the food here was first class. No matter what time of year you play Dukes, a fine Scottish whisky is the order of the day. Like the countless whisky distillers that make Scotland famous, Dukes is a fine blend of tradition and modernity, allowing for a relaxed but at the same time challenging experience.

5 Thank David S
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