Crail Golfing Society (Balcomie Links)


4-star: generally an excellent standard golf course, well worth visiting.
   Crail Golfing Society (Balcomie Links) Est. 1786

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Crail Golfing Society (Balcomie Links): Here at the world's 7th oldest golfing society, you'll find two 18-hole courses. The celebrated Balcomie Links plays to a par of 69, much shorter than its less renowned par-72 companion, the Craighead Links. If you play all 36 holes, you'll have gone a long way to discovering the full array of sea and coastal views offered by Fife Ness, the most easterly tip of Fife. The Balcomie Links follows the north-facing seashore on its early holes, with sandy bays and rocky outcrops just an errant drive away on your right. At the dangerously doglegging, par-4 5th (Hell's Hole) you must make up your mind whether to carry the beach or take the safer way round. (From Hell Hole's green, the 12th green of Kingsbarns Links is just 1 km away). This ever scenic, treeless, undulating layout is never more open than on a wide slope that contains the parallel-running 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th holes. Here the rough is usually not too penal, presenting the opportunity to capitalise on a solid opening score. The final stretch might look inviting, with four par-3s in the closing six holes, but don't underestimate the card-wrecking potential of some of them. The long uphill par-3 13th is followed by the "signature" par-3 14th, a small and isolated chapel-like building giving the heavily bunkered green its unmistakable backdrop. The final-four are tucked away behind the clubhouse, where Fife Ness faces eastward onto the cold North Sea. Although short by modern standards, Balcomie's unspoilt openness and wonderful coastal views, ensure it remains one of the Kingdom's most popular and visited courses.

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Making Contact

Crail Golfing Society
Balcomie Links,
Crail, Fife KY10 3XN
Scotland
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Office   +44 (0)1333 450 686
Pro Shop   +44 (0)1333 450 960
Fax

  +44 (0)1333 450 416

Email   info@crailgolfingsociety.co.uk
Website   www.crailgolfingsociety.co.uk
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About the course

The course: 18 holes. Seaside links.
Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb
 
Surroundings: Coastal duneland.
 
Designer: Balcomie Links - Old Tom Morris (1895). Craighead Links - Gil Hanse (1998).
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  Men Back Men Front Women Front
Yards 5861 5402 5207
Par 69 67 72
SSS or Slope 70 68 72
 
At the Same Location:
18-hole par-72 Craighead Links (6722 yds from back tees)
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How2Get There?

11 miles SE of St Andrews
From the centre of St Andrews take the A917 direction Crail. After 10.7 miles turn left at the "Golf Hotel" T-junction in the centre of Crail. After 2 miles golf is in front of you.

Essential information

Green Fees:
2015 visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (May thru' Sept): weekdays £65; weekends £80. [Contact club for full details, discounts, day tickets, packages, etc]. Credit cards accepted.
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Who can play and When?
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.  Must book in advance. Handicap required
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Other Information
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Caddies available if booked in advance.
Practice facilities
Good
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Did you know?

Crail Golfing Society, the seventh oldest golf club in the world, was instituted by eleven "gentleman in and about the Town of Crail" on February 23, 1786. The original 8-hole course at Sauchope Links (no longer used for golf) were complemented by a further 8-holes on the Balcomie Links at Fifeness, just outside Crail. In 1895 Old Tom Morris designed an 18-hole layout for the Balcomie Links, creating a links course that is regarded as one of Scotland's finest. | The Club's adjoining Craighead Links, built to reduce increasing pressure on the Balcomie Links, was designed by Gil Hanse of Pennsylvania and first opened for play in 1997.

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Published Ranking
2016 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in Britain & Ireland.
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Location

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Latitude: (56.280854)
Longitude: (-2.593793)
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Where2Stay including nearby courses also detailed in where2golf.com

Balcomie Links Hotel 2-star
Balcomie Road, Crail, Fife KY10 3TN
+44 (0)1333 450 237
www.balcomie.co.uk

This family run hotel situated on the outskirts of Crail offers you a comfortable base to explore the beauty of the East coast of Fife.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Crail (Balcomie and Craighead Links); Kingsbarns
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Golf within 20 miles Lundin; Leven; Elie; Ladybank; Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance and Devlin courses); St Andrews Links (x7 courses); St Andrews (Duke's course); Scotscraig (22 miles).
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The Golf Hotel 3-star
4 High Street, Crail, Fife KY10 3TN
+44 (0)1333 450 206
www.thegolfhotelcrail.com

The Golf Hotel, situated in the heart of the historic town of Crail in the East Neuk of Fife, is a grade A listed coaching inn and is said to be one of the oldest licensed inns in Scotland, built in 1721. The hotel has been tastefully refurbished to enhance its original features, whilst providing guests with the comfortable, modern accommodation.

Golf at this hotel No
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Golf within 5 miles Crail (Balcomie and Craighead Links); Kingsbarns
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Golf within 20 miles Lundin; Leven; Elie; Ladybank; Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance and Devlin courses); St Andrews Links (x7 courses); St Andrews (Duke's course); Scotscraig (22 miles).
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