Crail Golfing Society - Balcomie Links Course

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4.3
14
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
0
87.8%
Recommend this course
12 out of 14 reviews
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4.3
14
5 Stars
1
4 Stars
1
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
5.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
Conditions
4.0
Value
5.0
Layout
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
2 out of 2 reviews
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4.3
14
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
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0
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.7
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.5
Layout
4.3
83.3%
Recommend this course
5 out of 6 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 69
Length 5861
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type
Crail Golf Society boasts two traditional links courses. The club, which was founded in 1786, is the seventh oldest golf club in the world. The golf courses share stunning coastal views and a rich history. The master of golf himself, Tom Morris, laid out the Balcomie Links, the older of the two courses. Morris was not content with just a traditional links layout, he utilized to full advantage the dramatic seaside landscape. The golf course features several tricky shots over rocky bays and long par 3s that play to greens perched atop steep cliffs. The course has a memorable opening hole that plays from on top of a cliff down to an inviting fairway. This leads to a pitch over a bunker and a turf wall to a blind green that is flanked on both sides by bunkers as well as a burn.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 69 5861 yards
Yellow 67 5402 yards
Red (W) 72 5207 yards
Scorecard for Balcomie Links
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
White M: 66.2/111 322 493 177 354 447 188 346 419 306 3052 336 494 525 214 147 264 162 462 205 2809 5861
Yellow M: 63.1/105 313 451 168 315 439 172 273 416 250 2797 287 427 517 207 141 254 157 417 198 2605 5402
Red W: 67.1/113 305 440 155 274 427 161 264 409 246 2681 273 421 514 201 132 245 152 400 188 2526 5207
Handicap 15 5 13 9 1 17 7 3 11 6 14 10 2 16 18 8 4 12
Par 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 35 4 5 5 3 3 4 3 4 3 34 69
Handicap (W) 7 5 13 9 1 17 11 3 15 8 14 2 4 16 18 6 10 12

Course Details

Year Built 1895
Golf Season Year round
Architect Old Tom Morris (1895)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - £40
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.3
14

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 2
19th Hole Scenic Views 1
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 2
Forced Carries 2
Undulating Greens 1
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 2
Walkers 2
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 2
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 2
Convenient to the City 1
In the 'Burbs 1
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Played On 06/11/2018
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather

Fun course with history

Balcomie comes close to the perfect golf course. Each hole is interesting in its own way. The course rewards good shots and penalizes bad shots. And the views are fantastic. At GBP95 for a full day of golf, playing both Balcomie and Craighead, it's a bargain. If you are choosing between the two courses, Balcomie, to me, is the better choice in almost every respect. We stayed in Crail, so add convenience to the list.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 05/10/2018
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 09/07/2017
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On 09/05/2017
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather

Best Links Course

If you want to play an historic course more interesting than St Andrews and a true links course, Balcomie is he place. Ever time I come to Scotland it is on my list and has not changed over the 25 years since I first played it.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
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Played On 08/23/2017
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Cold weather

Curious as to why so much hype.

Having lived for over twenty years within just a few miles of Crail but having never played Balcomie (never felt the desire to be honest as I always believed it to be over-hyped) I succumbed to playing with two friends earlier this month; to be fair we had played all other (proper) Fife courses and despite my protestations I was dragged along to Crail. Weather was breezy and chilly. Crail Golfing Society make a big fuss about their course and a whole historical bit about being one of the oldest clubs although the actual course (as opposed to the 'club') was opened in 1895 so the course (which is what really matters after all) isn't as old as a great many courses. Sure the views are great but I come for the challenge of the course and in this respect I was left as disappointed as I had expected. My wife (with a handicap of +1) had warned me of a likely disappointment such as she had a few years earlier with her shock at such a generous ladies' par of 70 for such a short track. I digress. The front nine can all be seen from the first tee so it is not only a short track but a cramped one with too many simple par 3s and a strange finishing stretch set inland and accessed after a long walk away from the shore. The course would be less used by visitors were it not for being close to St Andrews; I guess Crail makes the most of what it has but it's not bucket-list material and were it located anywhere but close to the Home of Golf then it would struggle to sell tee-times. Overall, it's fine for a short walk for higher handicap players but it's not for the purest nor for the accomplished player: I came away still shaking my head at the over-hyping of Crail.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Fair
Played On 06/19/2017
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Some gorgeous views!

This course took us all by surprise. Others have said dont let the yardage fool you and they would be correct. It gets pretty windy so you really have to keep it low and play for position. Most of the holes were quite unique and along the water and hills....though there are a few boring holes that run up and down from each other. Good thing there is that makes the effective fairway like 150 yards wide :D The greens rolled great and were of moderate speed (id say a 9 -10). Fairways were typical links. Overall a very fun course!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On 06/12/2017
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

12 handicap 3 over playing here

Basically a gem, don't be fooled by the yardage was blowing a hoolie 3 up/down to play shots 60/70 left/right of greens to approach lightening greens like links golf should be. Coulped with stunning views value for money you won't beat it, friendly staff beautiful modern club house epic views at the 19th hole, add to your list if playing up here you won't be disappointed!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On 10/09/2016
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great Links Course

One of those hidden gems, save yourself 200 GBP and play here instead of Kingsbarns. Classic out and in links, been around forever, great sea views, friendly staff. This place is what links golf is really all about. A pleasant stroll with generous fairways, some quirky holes (#13!). Time well spent at Crail Balcomie
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On 09/09/2016
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Good weather

Beautiful Old Golf Course

Our 2nd time playing this old track, and 2nd day in a row at Crail Golfing Society. This course has beautiful views of the sea and different parts of the course due to the elevation changes. Not a very long course but it plays every inch and feels like a longer course. Wind off the water is always a factor, and can cause you a lot of problems. I think this is a must play for any golf trip and the course offers a deal if you play both the Balcomie and Craighead courses. They are worth the money!
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On 08/27/2015
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Another Hidden gem

Great course if you want to get away from the big boys (St. Andrews, Kingsbarns etc.) and pay half the price. Very playable, an easy walk with great views. A true links with dog legs left and right, uphill and downhill shots, strong par 3's. Very friendly staff. Does have some shared fairways so keep an eye out for oncoming golfers. Well worth the drive down from St. Andrews (10 minutes). Highly recommended.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent

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Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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