Crail Golfing Society - Craighead Links Course

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4.2
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.9
Amenities
3.6
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4.0
Value
5.0
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4.0
Pace
5.0
Amenities
3.0
StaffFriendliness
4.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6651
Slope 0
Rating 0.0
Type
Established in 1786, Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world. It boasts two of the finest links golf courses in Scotland. Craighead Links is the younger of the two courses by over a century, but it still provides the same challenging features that characterize the best of traditional Scottish links. The lack of trees subjects the course to the fury of the prevailing winds, requiring golfers to have a variety of shot-making skills in their repertoire. There are no two consecutive holes that face the same direction and numerous bunkers strategically placed throughout make the course even trickier. There is plenty of scenic respite to balance the challenging hazards provided by the stunning views of the Forth and Tay estuaries.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 72 6651 yards
Yellow 72 6185 yards
Red 74 5340 yards
Blue 69 5340 yards
Scorecard for Craighead 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: 73.1/123 469 385 323 455 231 552 197 513 376 3501 299 357 344 157 411 552 376 197 457 3150 6651
Yellow M: 70.7/121 463 361 292 427 211 518 165 487 347 3271 280 313 316 140 402 511 358 173 421 2914 6185
Red W: 70.1/117 397 321 291 382 177 475 145 404 274 2866 273 280 316 112 346 426 298 134 379 2564 5430
Blue M: 66.1/111 399 317 267 382 177 475 145 404 273 2839 253 279 281 113 346 425 293 132 379 2501 5340
Handicap 11 3 15 1 7 13 5 17 9 18 6 14 16 2 8 12 4 10
Par 5 4 4 4 3 5 3 5 4 37 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 3 4 35 72
Handicap (W) 9 3 7 15 5 1 13 17 11 14 4 10 18 2 8 6 12 16

Course Details

Year Built 1998
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gil Hanse (1998)

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

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4.2
15
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Wet weather

Good course, but if you only play one, play Balcomie

You can look at Craighead as two courses. The front nine was nothing special, but the back nine was everything you could ask for. That pretty much makes the front nine almost a warm-up for the back nine followed by Balcomie. Would I play Craighead again as a single round for GBP 69? No, I'd rather play the St. Andrews courses. Playing the two Crail courses for GBP 95 makes for a great day.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Spectacular views

We played late July about 63 degrees no wind overcast. Owe never had to wait good pace of play. The greens and course in general were in excellent condition. Greens had good speed not to fast or slow. Staff very friendly and one rented brand new Taylormade m2 for 30 pounds. Would highly recommend.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Good course with surprising beauty

Played both courses on a day ticket of 95 pounds. Worth the money and was not a hard walk. This course is the longer and newer of the two. It is relatively flat walk with no large dunes although there is some undulations uphill and downhill with plenty of tall (but playable) grass, well places bunkers and gorse to avoid. The layout was quite fun and when it gets breezy a few of the holes along the cliffs will catch your attention. The wall holes were very fun too! Conditions of the greens were excellent. Some great picturesque views!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing

This is links golf. Beautiful course beautiful views. A wonderful place to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing

Under appreciated links

When I first played Crail 18 years ago, the recommendation from a member was to play the original Balcomie Links, not the "new American monstrosity". I happily took his advice and enjoyed Balcomie immensely.

This year, I had the opportunity to play at Crail again. This time the member recommended we play Craigshead as it was fun, interesting and under appreciated. I wholeheartedly agree.

The course conditions were excellent, the greens having good speed for Scotland and a number of them quite undulating. In classic links style, there is always a safe play to get to the green area. As the course sits unprotected on top of a cliff, wind plays more of a factor.

The front nine has 3 par 5s, starting with the 1st, a dogleg left. The 2nd & 4th are challenging par 4s. Each of the holes move in different directions, bringing the wind from different angles. Gorse is generally set well back from the fairway, but there is good fairway bunkering on a number of the holes.

The back nine starts with a Classic risk/reward driveable short par 4. Plenty of room to miss the green right, but your chip shot will run away from you. Even the layup off the tee has to be accurately judged as a series of bunkers influence your distance and angle choices. The 11th is again a mental challenge off the tee as a stone wall crosses the entire fairway, again giving you a tee choice between layup and challenging the wall. The 14th is a great dogleg left par 4 that runs along the cliff side and with the par 5 15th, you again have a stone wall to contend with for your second shot - stay short and you have a blind approach to the green. The 16th has.a minefield of bunkers occupying the left side of the fairway/rough, while the 18th gets the same challenge on the right side. The 17th has quite a lumpy green, so accuracy on this par 3 is essential.

Pro shop is very well stocked. The grill was also very nice - highly recommend the mac and cheese.

All in all, a very enjoyable experience of a modern day links.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather

Stunning

Criaghead seems to get over shadowed by it's elder counterpart Balcomie, but be sure not to overlook this fantastic course. The first 3 holes offer views over the older Balcomie course, then the course snakes away down to the Firth of Forth. the view over to Edinburgh, Gullane, North Berwick and back along the Fife coast is not be missed from the back of the 7th green. The views are great but the course is just as good. A great mixture of short and long holes that require a sharp short game.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not a second Balcomie.....

I might be a bit harsh but if visiting Crail for the first time play the BALCOMIE not this one. Give it another 10 years and it may turn into a decent track but now it's just a bit "meh"

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather

GREAT COURSE

Played with some friends on a Saturday afternoon.

Great course greens had bee cored and were a bit hairy

but didn't spoil a good day out.

One negative comment would be the noise from the race track next door.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Poor weather

Our only day of rain

Was really excited to play the this course, course reviews and pictures I had seen and read before going really painted a great picture. Sadly the day we played it bucketed rain most of the round, enough that 2 of the guys quit after 9. The 4 of us that continued were treated to a challenging back 9 with undulating greens and great views! We would like to play it again in the hopes that the weather wouldn't be as wet. Ill always recommend a day at the Crail Golfing Society!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing

Scenic bargain course near St. Andrews

If you're spending a week or so in St. Andrews on your Scottish golf vacation and don't make the drive out to the edge of Fife to Crail, you're missing a wonderful complement to the birthplace of golf. Crail has two courses, the original Balcomie, and the more modern Craighead, designed by Gil Hanse. Craighead is longer than the historic Balcomie, I played the course on arrival day in Scotland and it was just what I needed: an interesting but very playable design and a top-notch clubhouse for lunch. Many holes have subtle doglegs towards the water, and the 14th plays along the coast from tee to green.

Crail fits into a St. Andrews itinerary particularly well if you're entering the Old Course Lottery or want to play 36 holes in a day. It's a lesser-trafficked and affordable - yet very fulfilling round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great

Lovely course and stunning views, well maintained, we played on a sunny day and had a most enjoyable round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Views

This is the second course and not as famous as the Balcomie. It does not have as many holes with a view of the ocean but it has a number of signature holes on other courses. Greens have a lot of contour and are a challenge. We played in a lot of wind and I was 6 or 7 over my index. We are going back later this week, use the hot deals special

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

One of the best courses I have ever played!

Absolutely awesome scenery. Very interesting layout with a large, ancient stone wall to hit a blind approach shot over on two magnificent holes.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good

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