Today there are seven public golf courses; the Balgove, Eden, Jubilee, Strathtyrum, New, the Old Course (which is widely considered one of the finest, and certainly the most
famous and traditional course in the world), and The Castle Course, sited on the cliffs a mile to the east of St Andrews and designed by the architect David McLay Kidd, which opened in June 2008.
 New Course The New Course, located adjacent to the Old Course, was paid for and commissioned by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club who asked Old Tom Morris to be designer.
 Strathtyrum Course The Strathtyrum Course, opened in July 1993, became the first new 18 hole layout at St Andrews in nearly 80 years.
Location: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland; Established: Over 6 centuries; Type: Public; Operated by: St Andrews Links Trust; Events hosted: The Open Championship, Alfred Dunhill
Links Championship, St Andrews Links Trophy; Old Course: Par, 72; Length, 6,721 yards (6,146 m); Course record, 61; Ross Fisher (2017)  ; The Castle Course: Par, 71; Length, 6,759 yards (6,180 m); New Course: Par, 71; Length: 6,625 yards
(6,058 m); Jubilee Course: Par, 72; Length: 6,742 yards (6,165 m); Eden Course: Par, 70; Length, 6,250 yards (5,720 m); Strathtyrum Course: Par, 69; Length, 5,620 yards (5,140 m); Balgove Course: Par, 30; Length, 1,520 yards (1,390 m) History
The history of St Andrews Links goes back to 1552 when John Hamilton was granted a charter to establish a rabbit warren to the north of the links.
 Old Course Main article: Old Course at St Andrews The Old Course, believed to be the oldest golf course in the world, dates back more than 600 years.
St Andrews Links in the town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, is regarded as the “Home of Golf.” It has one of the oldest courses in the world, where the game has been played
since the 15th century.
 The Castle Course The Castle Course opened in June 2008, becoming the seventh public course at St Andrews.
St Andrews is also home to The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, one of the most prestigious golf clubs and until 2004 one of the two rulemaking authorities of golf
(in that year, the Royal and Ancient Club passed on its rulemaking authority to an offshoot organisation, The R&A).
 The St Andrews Links Charter refers to the public ownership of the links and the right of the people of St Andrews to play golf and other games.
The New Course opened for play in 1895.
 Public courses Balgove Course The Balgove Course, named after the farm on which it was built, is a 1,520 yard, par 30, nine-hole course.
The course is set on a rugged-cliff top with extensive views over St Andrews.
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