Crail Golfing Society (Balcomie)

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What we say

It’s just down the coast from Home of Golf St Andrews though Crail has bags of history of its own. It’s home to the seventh oldest golf club in the world while Old Tom Morris re-worked the magical, if somewhat short and quirky Balcomie layout in the late 1800s. The Balcomie is still as zesty and exciting as it must have been back then and indeed you’ll have to go a long way to beat the test and beauty of the final four-hole stretch up and down the dunes. The newer neighbouring Craighead course is longer and great fun to play too, featuring some stunning short holes such as the 17th, played uphill to a raised green protected by three bunkers.

With an unusual layout of three par-5s, nine par-4s and six par-3s, the Balcomie course at Crail Golfing Society is a tough par-69. Using the natural land to it's advantage, the course plays over rocky bays, greens on top of vertical cliffs and greens seemingly engulfed by gorse.

With the wind blowing almost constantly and changing direction frequently, battling the elements is one of the factors that make this course so hard to tackle. Despite the challenges, a round at Balcomie is one to savour.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs -
  • TG Rating 4 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.1 out of 5
  • Address
    Balcomie Clubhouse, Crail, ANSTRUTHER
  • Tel 01333 450686
  • Website

Course Information

Course 69 par
Course Style -
Green Fees Mon-Fri: £65 a round or £90 a day. Sat-Sun: £80/£110
Course Length 5,402 yards (4,940 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Private

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course has: Buggy Hire
  • Course has: Driving Range
  • Course does not have: Practice Green
  • Course has: Pro Shop
  • Course has: Restaurant
  • Course has: Trolley Hire
  • Course does not have: Dress Code
  • Course has: Club Hire
  • Course does not have: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 4.5 out of 5 Great scottish Golfcourse

    By Christian Fernandez Gamio

    We played Balcomie on a nice sunny summerday, a bit windy, but nice. Great views, a phantastic clubhouse and a challenging golfcourse. Cheers

  • 4 out of 5 Good food

    By Anonymous

    Excellent ,friendly, good food well looked after

  • 4 out of 5 Keep your putts low!

    By Anonymous

    Golf course is in top condition with some of the best views on any course in the UK. Not long but plenty of trouble, when the wind blows the first 5 holes are some of the hardest around. Staff could be more friendly with the exception of the Pro.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Tough course...

    By Anonymous

    Outstanding views, requires good shot variety, tough course in a strong breeze

  • 3.5 out of 5 Solid

    By Anonymous

    Good solid course

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