Golf in Fife, Scotland
If you’re an avid golfer, Fife in Scotland is the destination for you. Known as the home of golf, golf clubs are certainly not in short supply in Scotland so you’re guaranteed to find one – or more – to suit your taste and budget. Here’s a guide to the best golf clubs in Fife.
St Andrews Links – Old Course
As the oldest golf course in the world and commonly referred to as the ‘Cathedral of Golf’, the Old Course is one of the most historic and celebrated around the globe. Despite its grand international status with its iconic features Hell Bunker and the Swilcan Bridge, it remains a public golf course in Scotland for everyone to enjoy.
St Andrews Links – New Course
Nowadays the name is a bit of a misnomer – the New Course was designed by the ‘Keeper of the Green’, the legendary Old Tom Morris, back in 1895 – but this Scottish golf course offers much more for golfers. More conventional and defined than the Old Course, some say that the New Course is a bigger test of your golfing skills, making it one of the best – and underrated – courses in the world.
Re-opened in 2009, the Torrance Course has hosted the Seniors European Tour Event six times since then and continues to provide an excellent golfing experience. Its design of large greens and deep revetted bunkers make it one of the more difficult courses on the circuit, meaning a good challenge for the more experienced golfer.
Set against a spectacular coastal backdrop with panoramic views of the North Sea and the Eden Estuary, the Kittocks Course requires your nerves to be strong when playing this dramatic 18-hole course. It is designed with a blend of American and UK style, with two man-made lakes, two double greens and deep pot bunkers.
St Andrews Links
The Castle Course
The Castle Course is the newest addition to St Andrews Links, but no less the worse for it. Opened in 2008 as the seventh course, it offers great views over the Grampian mountains, the North Sea and the Angus coast from its cliff-top positioning. Although its course is becoming very popular on the golfing circuit – its closing stretch is already a legend in its own right, with its dramatic last four holes – its clubhouse is also worth a visit, offering yet more stunning views.
For a round of traditional Scottish links golf, Kingsbarns Golf Links offers a fantastic experience. According to golf history, the game has been played at Kingsbarns since 1793, with a nine-hole course once existing where the current course is now situated. The current course has been here since the year 2000 and is celebrated as one of the best courses in the world, with its perfect terrain and lovely sea views from every hole.
A course designed specifically to cater for beginners, families and children, the Balgove Course gives you the perfect introduction to the game. With its wide fairways, undulating greens and shallow bunkers, it gives beginner and junior golfers the opportunity to get a feel for what they’ll find on other courses as their game develops. It is also the site of a number of junior golfing events throughout the year.
One of the most traditional Links courses in Scotland, Leven Links is also one of the most beautiful, with plenty of bumps, ridges, flora and the Scoonie Burn which winds itself around the green. It’s well known for being one of the most renowned courses and, due to its proximity to the sea, it has a mild climate which makes it good for all year round golf.
Scoonie Golf Course
Situated in a very picturesque setting, Scoonie Golf Course sits between farmland and hills to the north and the Forth estuary to the south. Originally opened as a 9-hole course, over the years it has been extended in such a way that it provides challenges for golfers with low handicaps while still being accessible to higher handicap players.
Scotscraig Golf Club
Another historic golf club, Scotscraig is an Open Final Qualifying Course and conveniently situated a short 15-minute drive from the Old Course at St Andrews. The course is a unique mix of heathland and links and has been host to a number of prestigious competitions.
Located on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy just a 30-minute drive from St Andrews, Dunnikier Park has excellent facilities and a beautiful course suitable for all abilities. They have a variety of services including tailor-made packages to suit individual needs, including those golfers who are disabled.
A Guinness Book record holder for most nationalities in an international competition, Craighead Links is a spectacular course with views of the sea from every hole. Built in the style of a traditional links course, the panoramic views stretch up to 100 miles due to the typical absence of trees, with the cliff-top course being designed by top golf course architect Gil Hanse.
Designed by the master Old Tom Morris, Balcomie Links makes the most of its natural surroundings. It has the unusual combination of three par fives, six par threes and nine par fours, resulting in a difficult par of 69. Here you’ll take shots from cliff tops, over rocky bays and to greens which seem to be engulfed in gorse, all making for a unique golfing experience.
Ladybank Golf Club
A splendid course set among pine trees, silver birch and heather with a number of red squirrels gambolling about, Ladybank Golf Club is a premier course of two nine-hole loops. It was recently ranked number two in National Club Golfer’s Britain’s Top 100 Courses under £100, a fantastic accolade, for its great variety of challenges for all golfers.
A wonderful golf course for players of all levels, Elmwood Golf is noted for its wide range of facilities. Situated on the outskirts of Cupar against the stunning backdrop of the Tarvit and Lomond Hills, the club boasts an 18-hole pay and play course, a floodlit driving range and an extensive short game practice facility.
Fife is the premier destination for golfers around the world and the golf clubs you’ll find here will not disappoint.