Anstruther Golf Club

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At A Glance

Come for "The Rockies", a 235-yard par 3 that has earned the accolade of toughest par 3 in the UK. Bunkerless, from the tee the green is half-hidden. It is effectively an extremely short half par hole. This is the first of three one-shot holes mid-round that wreak a card.

Further Viewing

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Further Reading

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found by clicking here.


Full Course Review

Anstruther Golf Club was founded in November 1890. The course opened for play in April 1891 as a 7 holer. In 1896, more land was leased and Old Tom Morris called in to advise. The 1st and 9th were added. The course is only 9 miles south of St Andrews. Located on the shore between Anstruther and Pittenweem, the course offers views of Anstruther Harbour, the Isle of May and the famous Bass Rock.

The course is set on the seaside. The grass mix is approximately 75% poa, 20% fescue and 5% bent. At Anstruther Golf Club there are no Par 5's. Of the five par 3's, three measure over 200 yards. Of the four par 4's, only two measure slightly longer than 400 yards and the other two measure less than 300 yards!

After the changes by Old Tom, The course was lengthened in 1916 by the local greenkeeper. The course was then trenched to slow down the German invasion during World War 2. It remained virtually unchanged until 1961 when the 1st green was moved further up the hill. More recently, work has been focused on hole 8, which was reshaped and widened. In 2010, the first hole was lengthened. The amount of Old Tom's remaining work is difficult to ascertain.


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The Essentials

Everything you need to know before you go!