As The Home of Golf, St Andrew’s understandably dominates the Fife golf region. But there are also over fifty other courses in Fife, with world class inland courses of note. Accommodation in the region is plentiful with prices to suit every pocket. Many visitors will base themselves in St Andrew’s but it’s worth exploring beyond just the town.
Lundin Links is located ten miles south of St Andrews in an historical area known as the East Neuk of Fife. Originally founded in 1868 the 18 hole Tom Morris layout was shared with Leven. In 1909 the course was divided and each club purchased additional land. The club asked James Braid to design the new holes and assist in their integration. The layout has not changed much since 1909 and features burns, blind drives, out of bounds, deep bunkers and truly excellent greens.
With spectacular views across Largo Bay from in particular, the par 3 14th, this is an Open Championship qualifying course for St Andrews. A course well worth visiting.
The Balcomie links, with its marvellous views of the Firth of Forth, is the home of the Crail Golfing Society. The 9th oldest golf club in the world it was formed at a meeting in the local pub (yes a pub again!) in 1786. A short par 69 and under 6000 yards the yardage is irrelevant, given the ever-present wind. A course where every shot has to be fashioned not just hit, it was initially designed by a local farmer before it was redesigned by Old Tom Morris. It is ranked 74th in Scotland.
Established in 1875 and extended from 9 to 18 holes in 1895 by Old Tom Morris, James Braid then later revised this beautiful links.
A unique course that it is unusual. The opening drive is blind and there is a vintage submarine periscope (from HMS Excalibur) located at the starter’s hut on the 1st tee to see over the hill to ensure the group ahead are out of harms way! It also only has 2 par 3’s and no par 5s.
Elie is kept in splendid condition, although it is very exposed, so it can sometimes get a little windy. Not surprisingly the views are terrific looking out over The Firth of Forth towards North Berwick, Muirfield and Gullane. It ranks 43rd in Scotland.
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