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Kingsbarns Golf Links

St Andrews, Scotland

It’s hard to believe that Kingsbarns Golf Links is only slightly over 20 years old. It seems as if golf has been played over the Cambo Estate for generations. Perhaps that’s because while the current Kingsbarns golf course is totally new construction opening in 2000, there has indeed been golf played over this land just south of St Andrews since 1793.

While the R&A played in their magnificent red coats in the early years, Crail Golfing Society sported yellow waistcoats and Kingsbarns golfers chose royal blue to distinguish themselves.

The Kingsbarns Golfing Society played a 9-hole course there from 1815 until it closed in 1850. The next iteration was re-established in 1922 as the Kingsbarns Golf Club, with St Andrews’ famous clubmaker Willie Aucherlonie laying out the design until it closed when land mines were laid across it during WWII.

After the war, the town of Kingsbarns, Scotland was given the choice to restore the links, or the town square and they chose the square for everyone’s benefit. Fast forward to the vision of the late Mark Parsinen, recognizing the then potato farm as the perfect location for a new links course for the benefit of avid golfers coming to St Andrews, ‘The Home of Golf’ as a worthy alternative to the Old Course.

Parsinen enlisted the services of noted golf architect Kyle Phillips to bring his dream to life. What they created is the stuff of legends, immediately being embraced by the international golf community, the R&A and local golfers. Vaulting up every prestigious ranking to the Top 100 in the World.

Course Details

World Top 100 Golf Course
Host of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
Designed by Mark Parsinen and Kyle Phillips
Opened in 2000
Ideal Location for a St Andrews Tour

Kingsbarns Golf Course

The course stretches 7,224 yards across 1 ½ miles of pristine coastline on the North Sea. With panoramic views of the sea from almost every hole and a fantastic view from the signature 606-yards, par 5 12th hole to neighboring Crail Golf Club. The 12th also features Kingsbarns golf’s largest green and demands an accurate approach if you don’t want a 65-yard putt.

While improbable, a putt that long isn’t impossible. Michael Phelps, of Olympic swimming medal fame, proved that by sinking the longest televised putt in history at 160 feet on Kingsbarns’ 6th hole during the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. With the largest purse on the DP World Tour, Kingsbarns enjoys a place in the three-course rotation along with the Old Course and Carnoustie each fall as celebrities and professional golfers compete.

Like the courses of the St Andrews Links Trust, Carnoustie and now Dumbarnie; Kingsbarns is a daily fee facility – albeit a very upscale experience – making it available on weekends and a great fit into any Scotland golf trip. Even though it is deservedly one of the most expensive green fees in Scotland the course does sell out so plan accordingly.

Location

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