Kingsbarns Golf Links

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (8)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7181 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 75.8

  • Kingsbarns, Fife KY16 8QD, Scotland
  • +44 (0) 1334 460860
  • +44 (0) 1334 460877
  • kingsbarns.com
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Year built: 2000
Architect(s): Kyle Phillips (2000)
Style: Links
Golf Season: April - October

Rentals/Services

Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire.
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 7181 yards 75.8 142
Medal 72 6659 yards 73.2 136
Regular 72 6174 yards 70.7 132
Championship Ladies 72 5824 yards 74.8 134
Ladies 72 5171 yards 70.7 126

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 5.0 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 5.0 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 4.9 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 8 Reviews
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recommend this course

8 out of 8 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Great for a bucket list/top 100 pick wildlife/ scenic views   Great for drinks  

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"An American Resort on Scottish Links"


JeffArenson's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Why did Kingsbarns remind me of an upscale American resort? First of all, the green fee is about $360, add in caddie and you're in $450 territory (about the same as Pinehurst #2 and Whistling Straits#. Secondly, this place has it all: a full range with short game practice area #very uncommon in Scotland#, Immaculate Conditioning, since it is a resort and not a club you can choose your tees and Service-orientated everything that is second to none. They even try to get corporate golf outings, how American is that? Yet, this is really a Daily Fee experience; there isn't any lodging on site. Considering that for $360 you can get a three day ticket at St. Andrews which is good for everything except the Old Course, you can figure out the Value part.

The reason why this might still be a great value is the course. It is immaculate and quite a lay-out. The fairways are generous but you need to hit the correct side of the fairway for your approach. The signature 12th hole is gorgeous as is the 15th, but many of the views are sublime and those holes will remind you of great American seaside courses. There is a proper mix of length and direction in the par 3s and 4s and 5s. The drivable par 4s are great and the par 5s will give big hitters something to think about if going for it in two. Overall, a world class course with well contoured greens which are also quite large.

Once again, off the course, everything is first class and on par with the best resorts in America. Scottish clubs are not known to be service-oriented, but along with Castle Stuart, Kingsbarns has a staff that is second to none in the country. If that is important to you, then by all means the money will be deemed to be well spent by you. As long as you are dropping the money, a second round is 1/2 the price of the first. If you are spending multiple days in the St. Andrews' area, this is the second best course #after the Old#. It will just be a matter of economics to decide if it is worth it. My favorite Scottish courses are the older ones #Dornoch, North Berwick, Cruden Bay, etc#, but nobody can deny that Kingsbarns is an excellent course. I am just not sure if I want to travel multiple time zones to pay more for an American Experience on a links course.


Player Tip: Go about 15 minutes west to Anstruther and dine at the Anstruther Fish Bar to get the best fish and chips in Scotland.

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The hip new kid on the block in Fife"


JasonDeeganGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I haven't played the Old course at St. Andrews yet, but I've walked parts of it. It's easy to see why some golfers love Kingsbarns more. The sheer visual overload runs on a continuous loop. Once golfers encounter a view of the North Sea they believe to be the best, they turn a corner or climb to a new tee box and find a better one. The generous fairways make the modern links seem easier than it is. The second shots are exacting and will eventually take a toll on the scorecard. This is a St. Andrews must-do.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A great course"


Lefty6563's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2015
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

It is hard to believe Kingsbarns is a modern course. It has the look and feel of one much older. The course is a treat to play with great conditions, fun challenges, and tremendous views. The staff is top notch and a pint in the locker room overlooking the 18th green is a must.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Peeble Who???"


4mac4golf's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/22/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Walked Played 9 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This course was very expensive to play ($400.00 USD), but if you get the chance to play you will enjoy every stroke. They also give you a 50% discount on your next round if you choose to play again within the next 7 days. it's just up the road about 15miles from St. Andrews Old Course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great links in a spectacular setting"


MikeRitzGC's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Ranked 50 in the World, #6 in Scotland

Kingsbarns should be familiar to those who are fans of Golf Channel’s coverage of The European Tour. It is one of three courses (St. Andrews Old Course and Carnoustie) that have been host to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship since it began in 2001. It’s a mere 12-minute drive from the town-center of St. Andrews.

The stunning golf links at Kingsbarns weren’t built until 2000, but once you’ve seen and played them, you’d swear they’ve been there since the Kingsbarns Golfing Society was formed in 1793. Even more amazing — virtually all of this property was shaped and planted by man. It looks like a perfect Scottish Links course that was shaped by nature and sheep hundreds of years’ ago. Kudos to developer Mark Parsinen, who saw some amazing potential when he first glimpsed at this land; and then realized it with the help of golf course architect Kyle Phillips. Parsinen wanted to create the perfect Scottish Golf experience. He succeeded.

Kingsbarns is one of the most beautiful courses you can ever play. Holes 2, 3, 12,15, 16 and 17 are laid out right along the shores of the North Sea and the Firth of Tay. The sea is visible from every hole and the wind it produces is felt on every shot.

The entire property is immaculate, from the modern driving-range to the brass flagsticks on the practice putting green. The Pro Shop offers some beautiful clothes. The restaurant and bar provides a perfect spot to unwind and debrief after your round. My ravenous partners swear the nachos were the best they’ve ever had. Nachos in Scotland!

The course was pristine — in as good a condition as any P.G.A. Tour course I’ve visited. The caddies were fabulous. And then there’s Kingsbarns’s Chief Executive, Alan Hogg. He seems to be everywhere to make sure everything is perfect for his guests. Alan was last seen with eight cell-phones at his feet as he took group pictures of two foursomes who just had to have the picture on each and every phone. There were smiles all around.

You will love playing this course. It is welcoming to all skill levels. Wide enough and approachable for the high handicapper from the forward tees. From the tips, it’s all the course any scratch golfer can handle. You are required to think through every shot; and there are so many options on every shot — from your tee-ball to a green-side pitch. It’s firm and fast with humps and hollows and heather and gorse.

The greeting in the Kingsbarns course guide reads: “In addition to enjoying our Worldwide Top 100 ranked course, we hope lifelong memories of our comfortable, friendly and attentive service complete your ‘Kingsbarns Experience’.”

Ahhh. What an experience it was.


Player Tip: Don't hold up play by taking too many pictures

Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Whoa baby, this is a good one"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is a one-of-a-kind round in Scotland. A modern links, it's an entirely different type of links compared to the courses in the town of St. Andrews. Every hole is a postcard -- and it's tough! Yikes, you have to earn your pars here if you're a mid-handicapper like me. Come early and hit balls on the range (yes, a range!) and stay for lunch and drinks in the marvelous clubhouse. This is a day to remember in Scotland.


Player Tip: Caddies help most particularly around the greens, which are fast and tricky

Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"A distant past yields new modern challenge near St. Andrews"


MattAdamsGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/09/2013
Previously played Paired up at course Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Located six miles outside of St Andrews, Kingsbarns is (one of the few) and finest links courses built in the last twenty-five years.  Crafted by Kyle Phillips on the site of an ancient course dating back to the late 1700’s that had been lost to the sands of time, Phillips brilliantly set the course into the natural slope and contours of the land, creating a feel that this course has been here as long as the one that pre-dated it. Discovered ancient stone-lined burn and their own surreptitious 18th hole bridge (this one near the green), linking a distant past with a modern-day challenge.    


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Play it! Nuff said."


hillyboganatx's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2013
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Many venture to Scotland just to play the famous Open rota courses ... but by all means include Kingsbarns because it is better layout, is better conditioned, has better service and is a more memorable round than most of the Open courses! Like Royal Dornoch in the far north, Kingsbarns has not hosted an Open Championship, but it easily could, and most visitors rank it in their top 3 courses (like Dornoch) of those played in Scotland!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



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