0 Golf course 'named' after contest

A new golf course in St Andrews has been named following a competition which attracted more than 4,000 entries from around the world.

The Fife town's seventh public links will be called the Castle Course, the name suggested by Edwin Burtnett.

The St Andrew's Links Trust claimed the American golf fan was the first member of the public to name a new course for 600 years.

The new cliff-top, 220-acre course is expected to open in spring 2008.

The Castle Course name was chosen to reflect the history of the headland to the south-east of St Andrews, where Kinkell Castle once stood, according to the trust.

'Historic announcement'

"In golfing terms, this is a major decision and a historic announcement," said Alastair Dempster, chairman of trustees.

"In reaching this decision, we were acutely aware that the name of the new course would have to stand the test of time and remain appropriate to a world-famous golfing destination."

The historic town of St Andrews is famous as a golfing location across the world and already boasts five 18-hole courses and one nine-hole course, including the Old Course - a favourite of golfing greats such as Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Entries for the competition, launched last October, were received from as far afield as Argentina, Thailand and Iceland.

Mr Burtnett will be invited to attend the opening ceremony and will get to play one of the first rounds on the new course.

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