Castle Course, St Andrews
Par 71, 6,759 yards
The course: The Castle Course, which sits on high ground to the south of the town, is the newest addition to the St Andrews Links group of courses – and easily the toughest.
The hallmarks of the Castle layout are generous fairways, penal bunkers and heavily undulating greens which can shred nerves even when the wind is not blowing.
Golfers get an early taste of what to expect at the 3rd, a par three with a billowing green. The wind will dictate which of the back-to-back par fives at the 4th and 5th presents an eagle opportunity, while the cliff-top run of holes from 7 to 9 is unforgettable.
Players return to the shoreline at the spectacular 17th while the closing hole, a dog-leg par 5, is a suitably dramatic finish.
Signature hole: The 17th, requiring a carry over a yawning seaside chasm, will live long in the memory.
What makes it special? The sheer drama of the challenge. The Castle Course is a golfing rollercoaster.