nr St Andrews, Fife KY16 8QD
18 holes. Seaside links-style. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Seaside (North Sea) and rural countryside.
Kyle Phillips & Mark Parsinen
7 miles SE of St Andrews
From the centre of St Andrews take the A917, direction Crail. After 7.5 mi (just after village of Kingsbarns) turn left direction Kingsbarns Golf Links. After o.5 mi golf is in front of you.
Kingsbarns Golf Links: Although golf at Kingsbarns dates back many generations, it was not until recently that this near neighbour to St Andrews really had something to shout about. In 2000, designer Kyle Phillips etched a fabulous links golf course into this stunningly scenic corner of the Fife coast. The course immediately took its place among Scotland's celebrated elite. After St Andrews' legendary Old Course, it is generally next on the list of "must play" courses for golfers visiting the Kingdom of Fife.
The layout is expansive and undulating, providing ever-present views onto the rugged Fife shoreline and out across the North Sea. Everything you would expect from a top-quality links course is here in abundance. Arranged in two nine-hole loops, the layout's sweeping, rolling fairways are bordered by deep grassy rough, with spectacular bunkering providing solid defences around the large and undulating greens. Big-hitters will enjoy themselves with good-width landing areas not as constraining as on many links courses. Among many outstanding holes, it is no surprise that two beachside holes, the gently curving par-5 12th and fabulous par-3 15th invariably steal the show.
The quiet, coastal beauty of Kingsbarns is partly a reflection of its wonderfully natural and scenic surroundings. Added to this are the deft touches and authentic links credentials of Kyle Phillips' fabulous design. In combination, the spectacular scenery and sublime layout will have you convinced that Kingsbarns has been around for at least as long as its revered St Andrews neighbours.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends during golf season (April thru' mid-Nov).
Must book in advance. No specific handicap limits, but must be able to keep up with the normal pace of play.
Credit cards accepted. [Last updated: 2020].
Kingsbarns is a walking course. Players genuinely unable to walk the course can apply for permission to hire one of the Club's two golf carts (buggies). Caddies and forecaddies available (worth booking in advance).
Golf at Kingsbarns is documented back to 1793. A 9-hole golf course once occupied this site, but fell into disuse during the Second World War. Things remained that way until Kyle Phillips was commissioned to design the present course, which opened in July 2000. Looking eastwards along the cliffs from several of the back-nine holes, you'll be able to see the clubhouse of Crail Golf Club in the far distance.
World: 71st best course in the world (GOLF magazine, 2020/21).
GB&I: 8th best course in Britain & Ireland (Golf World, 2019).
Scotland: 5th best course in Scotland (Golf World, 2019).
Pilmour Links, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JQ
+44 (0)870 400 8128Visit website
Located alongside and overlooking the 18th fairway of The Old Course.
St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Dukes course); Fairmont St Andrews (Devlin and Torrance courses).
Kingsbarns; Crail; Ladybank; Scotscraig; Lundin; Leven.
St Andrews, Fife KY16 8PN (off the A917, east of St Andrews)
+44 (0)1334 837 000Visit website
Located close to the historic city of St Andrews, the Fairmont St Andrews overlooks the beautiful coastal landscape of Scotland's east coast. The resort is home to two renowned championship golf courses (the Kittocks and Torrance) as well as being one of Scotland’s largest and most luxurious hotel and conference facilities.
Fairmont St Andrews (Torrance & Kittocks courses)
The Castle Course; St Andrews Links (Old, New, Jubilee, Eden and Strathtyrum courses); St Andrews (Duke's); Kingsbarns
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