Kingsbarns Golf Links

5.0000000000 5.0 stars from 5 (4)
  • 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

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: 3.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.8 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 5.0 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 5.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 4 Reviews
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recommend this course

4 out of 4 reviews


Reviews


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"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

18 Hole 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

18 Hole 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.    


18 Hole 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!


18 Hole 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