St Andrews Eden Course

Overlooked by many, it is a Colt & Steel with bags of character.

St Andrews Eden Course

Fife, Scotland

Overview

The Eden Course St Andrews is a hybrid from both Harry Colt and Donald Steel. 7 of 18 holes were lost when practice facilities were introduced.

Donald Steel added a pond to the par 3 15th. It is the only inland water hazard on the Trust's seven courses.

The original Harry Colt greens are some of the most undulating at The Home of Golf.

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The St Andrews Eden Course was a Harry Colt links before the decision was made to make way for a practice facility. The first two holes along with the last two holes of the Colt course were ploughed up to make way for a driving range and practice facility with Donald Steel called in to make the controversial changes. The changes also allowed space for a tent village when St Andrews hosts The Open.

The original Eden was laid out by Mr Harry Colt and built by Mr Frank Harris. The initial budget was £1250 and four months of hard graft. The course opened in July 1915.

The course takes its name from the river and estuary nearby. The course has two loops which work their way out and back to the clubhouse. The opening four holes lie beside The Old Course with the remainder found beside the Strathtyrum.

From west to east on St Andrew Links Trust's property, the order of courses is the Strathtyrum, Eden, Old, New, and finally the Jubilee. The Eden was the 4th course to be built at St Andrews. The initial layout was played to 6100 yards but could be stretched to 6400 yards! Planned, there were four Par 3's and two Par 5's. In particular, Colt mentioned using the natural plateaux in addition to building a couple more.

Harry Colt's Holes on The Eden

In order to make room for the practice facility, the original opening (1 & 2) and closing holes (17 & 18) were lost. That leaves a possible 14 Harry Colt holes.

The changes meant rerouting the course with three more Colt holes lost. That leaves 11 possible Colt holes.

The original Colt holes are numbers 2-9, 11 & 13. Additionally, the current 1st green is also Colt's former 3rd green.

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Fife, KY16 9SF, Scotland

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