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.

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In a nutshell...
In many ways, this is what seaside golf is all about: a combination of memorable and hugely enjoyable golf accompanied by stunning coastal views and centuries of history. The brilliant Balcomie has it all in abundance.

To play well you need to...
The Balcomie may lack length but is no soft touch and needs to be treated with huge respect. With shots over rocky bays, lengthy par 3s and greens either perched on the cli s or surrounded by gorse bushes, it’s a devilishly testing layout that’s full of surprises.

You’ll love the...
History attached to this quaint corner of Fife – Crail is the proud home of the seventh oldest club in the world - and that the Balcomie has the unusual combination of three par 5s, six par 3s and nine par 4s, adding up to a highly challenging par of 69. It’s zesty and exciting and remains one of the Kingdom’s resolute links. The green fee is an absolute bargain and the clubhouse has fabulous cliff top views.

  • 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 £47 in October
Course Length 5,861 yards (5,359 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

  • 3.5 out of 5 Solid

    By Anonymous

    Good solid course

  • 4.5 out of 5 Tough course...

    By Anonymous

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

  • 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 out of 5 Good food

    By Anonymous

    Excellent ,friendly, good food well looked after

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