The Eden Course is another beautiful instalment in the St. Andrews collection. The shortest of the set, it plays at 6250 yards for a par of 70. It is perhaps lesser in stature than its brother and sister courses, but Eden is no joke.
Eden opened for play in 1914, to compliment the Old and New courses. It was designed by Harry S. Colt, who maximised the natural features and field boundaries in place to create this majestic course. The course philosophy revolves around tricky bunker placements and greens that are hard to read. This is the key to what makes Eden such a test, even for the world’s best players.
Renovations were carried out in 1989, which has helped maintain Eden’s freshness. The greens are arguably the most undulating of any St. Andrews course, which is a more than honourable feat. The sloping greens are Eden’s hallmark, keeping it in the realm of first class golf courses. The fairway is traditional links fare, with plenty of bumps along the way that might help you carry for a few extra yards. The pot bunkers in residence are to be avoided wherever possible. Eden is consummate links play, retaining the games tradition and integrity even after its one hundredth birthday.
The course is also host to the Eden Tournament, an annual week long match play tournament. It has been running since 1919 and is a very prestigious amateur competition. It adds a further touch of class to this tremendous golfing institution.