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PHOTOS: Castle Course, near St. Andrews

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The third hole at Castle is a par 3 and is named for the cathedral in the background at St. Andrews. The St. Rule is the tower in the St. Andrews cemetary where both Old and Young Tom Morris are buried.

The first hole on the Castle course, Ford, looks like it has been there 100 years, but is really less than 10 years old.
St. Rule. You should get used to this view, because it will be prominent for most of the front nine and some of the back at Castle. This is one of the true benefits of playing the Castle course.
The third hole at Castle is a par 3 and is named for the cathedral in the background at St. Andrews. The St. Rule is the tower in the St. Andrews cemetary where both Old and Young Tom Morris are buried.
Cathedral. Many people talk about how crazy the greens are at the Castle, but as you can see here, the undulations are very fair.
Brownhills. Looking back on the first par 4 of the front nine, you can see how the hole fits into the farmland so well. It is hard to believe that this land was all flat farmland before David McLay Kidd got his hands on it.
Pier. The sixth hole is a downhill par 4 that dosen't come close to playing to its yardage of 421 yards from the back tees. The hole goes down to the water and has some dramatic views from the green.
Pier. This is a close as you get to the Town of St. Andrews. The view is stunning, and unrivaled by any other on this side of Fife.
Maiden Rock. The seventh plays along the water and features a spectacular view of the Firth of Forth.  You can see how large the greens are on this course.
Maiden Rock. Looking back on the seventh, another look at the town of St. Andrews.
Boar's Chase. At 454 yards, a longer par 4. The 12th hole is uphill, but once you get to the top you are on the highest point of the Castle Course.
Boar's Chase. A longer par 4 at 454 yards, the 12th hole is uphill, but once you get to the top you are on the highest point of the Castle Course, and you get to take in this view.
Spinlkston. The 15th hole is a long par 5 at 585 yards and just for fun and giggles has a nice burn in front of the green. If you think you can get there in two, the burn proves otherwise.
To give you an idea of how idyllic the Firth can be at times, this is a very unfamiliar site.
Braes. The par-3 17th hole is intimidating, but a solid mid-iron should be enough to find the putting surface.  Of course, you can always bail out left and the contours of the green will bring the ball back into the middle of the green.
Braes. A look back up the coast from the 17th hole.
Rock & Spindle. The 18th hole has a double green, shared with the ninth, but as you finish the Castle Course you are treated to this view just to tug on your emotions and bring you back.