18 holes, 6904yards, SSS72
The designer, David McLay Kidd, creator of Bandon Dunes on the West Coast of America, has created a typical Scottish golf experience. Each hole has a choice of five tees and the course is playable between 5300-7200 yards. With its cliff top location, the Castle Course is not a links course. However, it has been designed in the Scottish links tradition. Both nines finish in truly dramatic fashion, sharing a double green on the tip of a small promontory jutting into the sea, and no matter which nine you play first, you will walk off with a memorable finish. The Seventeenth is shaping up to be the signature hole, a par 3 played over a coastal inlet to a green perched on the cliffs, very reminiscent of the fabled all-carry par-3 at California's ultra-private Cypress Point, one of the most painted and photographed golf holes on earth.