Kingsbarns Golf Links

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What we say

History, no. Everything else, yes. Stunning views. Lets you play and enjoy yourself, yet the design is complex enough to make you want to come back time and again to challenge yourself. On the eye is there a better golf course in Britain and Ireland than Kingsbarns?

This is a golfing manna from heaven, an unbelievable course in an unbelievable setting. Does it live up to all the hype and its reputation? Without a shadow of doubt. 

Ever since Sir Michael Bonallack said shortly after it opened that this place could one day hold the Open Championship, its stature has been assured. It came straight into the top 20 in our rankings four years ago as a new entry and has consolidated its place since. Kyle Phillips has done an astonishing job in making a six-year-old course look like it's been around for centuries.

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A true modern (it opened just before the 2000 Open at nearby St Andrews)  masterpiece, designed by leading American architecht Kyle Phillips. It annually hosts the prestigious Dunhill Links along with Carnoustie and the Old Couse.

The Kingsbarns Golf Links site has long been known for its intimate connection with the sea. The fact that its golf origins date back to 1793 is testimony to the attributes of the site which foster ideal conditions for links turf to flourish amid interesting natural terrain. This unique part of East Fife has sandy soils, undulating ridges and hollows, Cambo burn running into the sea, all set immediately against the rugged coastline of the North Sea.

  • Course Summary

  • Costs 5 out of 5
  • TG Rating 4.5 out of 5
  • Players Rating 4.7 out of 5
  • Address
    Kingsbarns, , ST. ANDREWS
  • Tel 01334 460861
  • Website

Course Information

Course 72 par
Course Style -
Green Fees £194 - £226
Course Length 6,652 yards (6,083 metres)
Holes 18
Difficulty Hard 0-10
Course Membership Other

Course Features

  • Course has: Bar
  • Course does not have: 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 has: Handicap

Your Reviews

  • 5 out of 5 No History?

    By redeye69

    This course is simply stunning, breathtaking scenery, fantasic design, probably in the top five courses in the world, it really is that good. Does not have the history of it's local rivals Crail, St Andrews, Carnoustie,but this should not deter you from making a special visit you will never forget it.

  • 4 out of 5 Stunning!

    By Craig6

    The most strikingly beautiful course in Fife. Doesn't have the history of St. Andrews or Carnoustie but certainly stands toe to toe with them. Fabulous scenery and undulating fairways make for a great golfing experience.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Kingsbarns Links

    By kerch13

    Played 36holes today and this is my fourth visit. Fantastic layout, superb undulating, large greens-can play 3-4 clubs difference front to back-. Even if you are not playing well, enjoy the views and the clear scottsih air. Friendly starter, and clubhouse staff make sure you are given a warm welcome and well looked after. Expensive, but make sure you a pay a visit.

  • 4.5 out of 5 Fantastic

    By Anonymous

    Fantastic course

  • 4.5 out of 5 A must play course

    By Anonymous

    Even as late in the year as this the couse was in superb condition. Greens very undulating and a very good test for the putter.

  • 5 out of 5 Best course I have played

    By Anonymous

    This is by far the best course I have ever played and I have played over 60 in Great Britian.

  • 5 out of 5 True Scottish Links

    By Anonymous

    Having played a few courses in Scotland, Kingsbarns is by far the best course ive played Nothing beats it. It really is a true test of links golf.

  • 5 out of 5 Out of this world!

    By Anonymous

    What a course. Next to the sea but not strictly a links feel about it. There is so much variance in one course which I've not come across before. It's a long hike but it's over a magnificent track. If the sun shines and wind stays away it's even nearer to heaven. Costly though.

  • 5 out of 5 Magnificent

    By Anonymous

    Five star throughout. Magnificent. Could not be faulted in any way.

  • 4 out of 5

    By Anonymous

  • 5 out of 5 Truly Magnificent

    By Anonymous

    This has to be the best new course in the World by Far. We traveled up from East Lothian to be greeted by the Catering Manageress who then took our order for morning rolls and Coffe. Then we were all advised that we could/should go over to the practice range for 30 Minutes (16 Golfers)and hit a few Callaway practice balls on the range. The Starter contacted us prior to our tee times and asked us to fill in the Menu sheet for High Tea - which was quality. The course it's self was immaculate and the Sun shone all day with a slight breeze of the North Sea. All in all this was a great experience and we've made appropriate plans to book and play again in April 2007. PS The catering Staff & Pro shop assistants could not have been any more helpful. This is a must play course for all Golfers no matter what their handicap is.

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