Project Description

Commissioned by The Links Trust of St. Andrews in 2003, The Castle Course was the first new championship course to be designed at the home of golf for over 100 years. Paul led the design team to deploy their philosophy of creating a course that would appear to have been found rather than designed.

Between them the team transformed a piece of flat farmland into the wild rugged landscape within which the Castle Course now sits. In this way the new course has an instant character and feels as though it is played through the landscape rather than has been imposed upon it.

Paul was on site every day for two years, both designing and managing the construction team. Spending this amount of time on site allowed the team to form a close working relationship with the shapers. Each hole became an adventure initially conceived in a ‘sand box’ whereby each hole and idea could quickly be modelled in the sand before being built.

Opening in the Summer of 2008 the resulting course has already received many accolades including ‘best new course’ from Golf Magazine and ranked 67 in the Top 100 UK golf courses by Golf World.

“Having worked with Paul since 2005 we were delighted to retain his services to oversee the evolution of ‘The Castle Course’. Although our courses are ranked highly we constantly strive to improve them, having The Old Course in our portfolio means we know better than most that courses need to continuously evolve. Since the Castle Course opened we have listened to the feedback and have worked together with Paul to improve the course each winter. His practical approac​h has delivered high quality results and excellent value for money.”

Gordon Moir, Director of Greenkeeping, St Andrews Links Trust