Crail Golfing Society (Balcomie)

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What we say

Crail Golfing Society’s Balcomie is one of the best courses that you can play for under £60 in Great Britain and Ireland.

The Balcomie boasts fabulous scenery from its clifftop fairways, centuries of history and offers something a little different from the pure links elsewhere in Fife.

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It is just down the road from The Old Course at St Andrews, but Crail has plenty of fascinating 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.

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The par-69 Balcomie is made up of six par 5s, six par 4s and six par 3s and while it may lack length it 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 cliffs or surrounded by gorse bushes, it’s a devilishly testing layout that’s full of surprises.

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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. 

It is terrific fun and wouldn’t look out of place if it ranked even higher in our Golf World Top 100 Courses £60 and Under Ranking.

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  • Course Summary

  • Costs 3 out of 5
  • 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 Weekdays: £60
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 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

  • 4 out of 5 Good food

    By Anonymous

    Excellent ,friendly, good food well looked after