Fife has to be the first stop for any golfer on a tour of Scotland’s golf courses. For it is here that you will find one of the oldest golf clubs in the world and where ‘the rules’ of golf were formed. There are over 45 courses, many of them links courses taking advantage of the spectacular coast line on the east of Scotland.
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Widely renowned as ‘the home of golf’, St Andrews is not just a golf course, but more a whole town surrounded and obsessed with golf. Unlike some of the other famous courses in Scotland, the 8 courses of St Andrews are publicly owned and open to everyone. BUT, you will need to book well in advance as turning up on the day and expecting a round would be highly unlikely! Many of the courses at St Andrews can be booked online, but gaining a tee time at The Old Course requires a suitable handicap of 24 for Men and 36 for women and then entry into a ballot.
Golf has been played at Kings Barns since 1793, alternating between golf, farmland, golf, military use, farmland and then in 2000 returning as the golf course we see today. Situated just 6 miles from St Andrews, it is said that you can see the North Sea from every hole on the course. Working with the Old Course at St Andrews, Kings Barns has been hosting the Dunhill Links Championship and was the final qualifying course for the Open Championship in 2010. Visitors welcome end March to Mid November.
Crail Golfing Society is another of Scotland’s societies which can trace its history back to the 1700’s. Formed in 1786, Crail is the 7th oldest golf club in the world and operates two courses, Craighead and Balcomie. Whilst there is not a championship course, Balcomie is no less testing with a par 69 across 5,922 yards and holds its own unique competition in September, The Ranken Todd Bowl, where the tournament is played in a single day across 54 holes! The location offers everything you expect from a Scottish links course, weather courtesy of the Firth of Forth, a haunted castle and views to die for. Crail is open to visitors all year round. Booking Advised