The New Course is actually the second oldest golf course in the world! It's called ‘new’ because it was second to the oldest course, The Old Course. Keeper of the Green, Tom Morris created the New Course in 1895. He is also known as ‘Old Tom Morris’ and was a greenkeeping master and golf champion. Therefore, it’s a classic course with undulating fairways and challenging greens.
The New Course is 6625 yards, par 71 and is a classic test of links golf. It has 18 holes and a double green at the 3rd and 15th holes. Most notably, hole three is not one to miss. It’s a 511-yard par 5 with pot bunkers. Therefore, it’s considered tougher than the Old Course and hosts more gorse bushes!
Caddies are available on request and subject to availability. However, it is wise to book these in advance. Similarly, both powered and manual trollies are also available if requested. Buggies are for seniors over 65 or golfers with medical certificates. In addition, there is a driving range, putting green and short game area. You can find the New Course scorecard on their website.
The New Course is home to the St Andrews Links Clubhouse and Swilcan Lounge. It shares these facilities with the Old Course and Jubilee. The Swilcan Lounge is great for after golfing drinks. There are lockers, showers and drying facilities as well as free parking. In addition, it has a Links Clubhouse shop and club hire options. It’s open from 6 am till 10 pm, and the kitchen closes at 9 pm. Their fish and chips are a must-have!
Finally, the rooftop garden is also a great spot for photographs. It has glorious views across the course.