St Andrews Links Trust, St Andrews, KY16 9SF, Scotland
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Harry S Colt designed the St Andrews Eden Course and it opened for play in 1914 making use of the natural landscape that so impressed Colt when he saw the site. The incorporation of partially buried boundary walls enhance the natural look of the course. Another world famous designer, Donald Steel, made some alterations in the late 1980's but stayed true to the same standards and vision of Colt. The St Andrews Eden Course shares the unique atmosphere of the Home of Golf but is a less testing challenge than its esteemed neighbours.
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Golfalot Review of St Andrews Eden Course
In our view the St Andrews Eden Course is the least attractive of the 4 main courses in the town. Yes it does have some great holes on the front nine from the 2nd to the second of the criss-cross par-3s at the 8th, but thereafter it loses its way. The redesign of this area of the links saw the introduction of the practice ground and excellent Eden Clubhouse, but at the cost of the original first 2 and last 2 holes. What is now the first was the green for an excellent par-3, but now as a par-4 with the tightest drive on the course it is all wrong. Things get worse after a coupe of bland holes around the turn when a lake pops up at the 14th and 15th. Now whilst this is supposedly a natural drainage collection area, it just seems all wrong on a links course in St Andrews. Things are slightly rescued by the great 17th on the Eden Course, which is a longer version of the 16th on the Old and the short 18th with its semi blind second shot, but the negatives far outweigh the positives for us. Price wise the Eden is probably good value, but just not in the same class as the other 3 main links courses in St Andrews
It is difficult to put your finger on the St Andrew Eden course. It has some excellent holes, but the redesign in 1989 lost a few of the better ones and it seems a bit contrived to me. The first has a fantastic green which used to be a par-3, but now is a poor par-4 with the tightest drive on the course - not good in my view. The next 4 holes are very good and take you out to the estuary, but after that it loses its flow a little. The second par-3 at 8 is very good but the water at 14/15 is not very St Andrews, even if it is a natural collection point. The last 3 sum it all up: 16 is a bland slog, 17 is a fantastic extension of the 16th on the Old and 18 a reasonable finishing hole. My least favourite of the St Andrews courses, so I would choose the New or the Jubilee if I had the choice.
The Eden Course at St Andrews is a great little course that is well worth playing if you can't get on any of the bigger courses in St Andrews. Very enjoyable with some great holes and a few funky greens. Once you get to the first green you will know what I mean. It has about 4 different levels with a huge hump about 10 feet tall in the middle. The 17th hole on the back nine will test your nerve with out of bounds right and a series of bunkers down the left. Make par on the hole and you are walking off happy. The Eden Course at St Andrews is worth playing.
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