Dumbarnie Links

Upper Largo,

Leven, Fife KY8 6BF

  • Office

    +44 (0)800 085 1280
  • Pro shop

    +44 (0)1334 845 945
  • Golf pro

    David Scott (General Mgr; PGA Master Professional).

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Seaside links. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Coastal duneland.

  • Designer:

    Clive Clark

SSS or slope






How to get there:

2 mi SE of Upper Largo / 12 mi SW of St Andrews.

Dumbarnie Links

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 2020

Dumbarnie Links: The expansive 345-acre site at Dumbarnie is now home to Fife's newest golf offering. Clive Clark's excellent out-and-back design contains many great looking holes, and a layout that's forgiving and challenging in equal measure … a fair test, eminently enjoyable and fun to play. This relative newcomer is set to join the likes of the Old Course and Kingsbarns on the bucket list of every visiting golfer to the "Kingdom".

Boasting a mile and a half of sea frontage, the course offers panoramic views over the Firth of Forth from just about every hole. The layout's dual elevations, connected by a flowing escarpment, provided the opportunity to create a number of elevated tees, from which you play directly towards the expansive Firth.

All the vital ingredients of a top-quality links course are present, from the square cut teeing grounds and crisp rolling fairways, to the slick run-offs around the large but often subtly sloping greens. There's lots of variety, ever-changing views, and no two holes the same.

Looking out onto the good-width fairways, you'll also be aware of plenty of stylish bunkering, a heady mix of rustic and revetted. Water ditches occasionally put in an appearance, not least at the par-4 1st, par-5 2nd, and par-3 8th, while a small pond also threatens at the long par-4 10th (SI 1). The design incorporates three potentially driveable par-4s and several holes that will engender "risk-reward" course management.

Pick of the holes: Dumbarnie’s seaward-facing par-3s would steal the show on many courses. They’re kept good company by the short par-4 at 11, the memorable "over-the-wall" par-4 at 17, and testing par-5s at 2 and 13 … one watery, one quite tight. All book-ended by excellent par-4s to start and finish the round.

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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes in high season (mid-April thru' mid-Oct): £258 (all days).

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, local and Scotland resident rates, etc. [Last updated: 2021].

Other information

Caddies available. Use of a golf cart (buggy) considered if medical certificate presented at time of booking; buggies must be driven by a caddie.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Dumbarnie Links is located on the 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate, owned by Lord Balniel. On the estate, Balcarres House is a mansion house built in 1595, with its buildings and formal gardens preserved as being of special historic interest. The development of a golf course on such pristine duneland was unquestionably rare, representing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for its American investors and course designer Clive Clark.

Published ranking

Scotland's 24th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Britain & Ireland's 68th best course (Golf World, 2024).


  • Old Manor Hotel3-star

    Leven Road, Lundin Links, Fife KY8 6AJ.

    +44 (0)1333 320 368

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    This country house hotel offers warm hospitality and friendly accommodation in a picturesque seaside village, overlooking Largo Bay. The Old Manor Hotel is an ideal location for a short break with safe sandy beaches, great golf all around, coastal walks and excellent fishing.

    • Golf at this hotel:


    • Golf within 5 miles:

      Lundin; Leven; Dumbarnie Links.

    • Golf within 20 miles:

      Elie; Ladybank; St Andrews (Dukes course); St Andrews Links (x7 courses); Fairmont St Andrews; Kingsbarns

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