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Duke's St Andrews ranked 27th best course in Scotland
June 16, 2011

The Duke's St Andrews has been awarded 27th spot in Golf World's Top 100 Golf Courses in Scotland, a new ranking series that the magazine has produced in association with Polo Ralph Lauren.

Whilst the heralded Turnberry Ailsa came out on top in Scotland, followed by Carnoustie and the Old Course St Andrews, The Duke's course is elated to have secured 27 th place given the high number of well-established, top quality courses in Scotland.

"The team at The Duke's has worked tremendously hard on improving the conditioning of the course over the last few years following Tim Liddy's renovations in 2006 so to be recognised in this way by Golf World's new Scottish ranking is extremely rewarding," comments David Scott, Manager of The Duke's St Andrews. "With a vast array of wonderful courses in Scotland, the competition is very tough, which makes our ranking of 27 all the more gratifying."

This is not the first time that The Duke's has been recognised by Golf World: in 2008 and 2010, the magazine included the course in its legendary Top 100 Courses in Great Britain and Ireland.

Part of the iconic Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, The Duke's was originally designed by five-time Open champion Peter Thomson and then in 2004 underwent a remodelling by Pete Dye-prodigy, Tim Liddy. By 2006, the American had transformed the course into a heathland masterpiece. Liddy replaced the old pot bunkers with rough-edged, spacious bunkers reminiscent of the romantic bygone years of heathland golf, improved the course drainage and completely redesigned five holes.

The Duke's now boasts five sets of tees measuring from the front tees an inviting 5,216 yards to the challenging back tees of the Championship Course at 7,512 yards, offering a choice of tees to match every level of golfer.

Golf World prides itself on delivering authoritative course rankings and its GB&I Top 100 has been running for more than 25 years. This is the first time however that the publication has ranked golf courses in the four home nations on an individual basis.

The rankings were decided  by a specially-selected Scottish panel that featured many of the country's golfing luminaries including three-time Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher, major winner Sandy Lyle, Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart, broadcasters Ewen Murray and Andrew Cotter as well as amateur legend Peter McEvoy and leading course designer David McLay Kidd.

The courses are ranked on a variety of factors such as aesthetic appeal, routing, conditioning and historical significance.

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