Balbirnie Park Golf Course

4.4392058824 4.4 stars from 5 (17)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6313 yards
  • Layout

  • Balbirnie Park Golf Course, Balbirnie Park, Markinch, Glenrothes, KY7 6NR
  • +44 (0) 1592 752006
  • balbirniegolf.com
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Year built: 1983
Style: Parkland

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
White 71 6313 yards N/A N/A
Yellow 71 6012 yards N/A N/A
Ladies 71 5502 yards N/A N/A

Balbirnie Park Golf Club serves as a prime example of a traditional parkland design with a layout that follows the natural contours of the land very closely. The gently rolling landscape lends some interest to the course but the undulations are invitingly gentle rather than being overly difficult. Long hitters will really shine on the golf course since it greatly rewards straight shots with some distance. Golfers should beware though, it is a tricky layout that punishes errant shots with thick rough and densely wooded areas. Balbirnie Park Golf Club finishes with what is arguably the most challenging hole. This par 5 requires two strokes, both blind to the hole, to lay-up before a heavily protected putting surface situated in front of the clubhouse. There are bunkers to the right and a large tree to the left as well as a burn that runs along the entire front of the green.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.6 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 17 Reviews
5 stars:
8
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
0
1 stars:
0

recommend this course

17 out of 17 reviews


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Reviews


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"Our day at Balbirnie"


JanTadrowski's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/04/2017
Previously played Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is obviously good but we picked the worst day for rain. It rained for 18 holes solid, soaked to skin, but because I invited visitors to play kept thinking it would cease but never did. Water on greens etc but we carried on and when we came off we were the only two cars in sight and noone else playing. Jokingly said to pro we should get discount for that and he laughed. Would love to bring the visitors back to play in better weather as I feel they would enjoy it better obviously. Walking through water not enjoyable but thought the course might have been closed probably was once we came off which would explain why nobody there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Millman55's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Unfortunately we picked a very wet day and the hilly undulating course was hard work to walk. Some very interesting holes but a few that were extremely similar Helps to be a straight driver . Pleasant helpful staff and bar amenities we all we could ask for


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Neil Dalkeith"


t1847684987's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lovely golf course with massive greens that where in superb condition play was slow due to 2 groups of 3balls in front but apart from that it was a golf course that I'll be coming back to definitely value for money at £15


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent and challenging."


t2008367824's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Balbirnie is a great course, it's been on my doorstep for 5 years and I can't believe I've waited so long to play it. For the small cost of £15 I'd probably say it's the best course I've ever played.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"This course is a must in Fife"


t1004315935's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a fantastic course to play when on holiday in the Fife area and is great value for money compared to many within this region, the course is in great condition and the welcome in the clubhouse is fantastic.

On a sunny day like we had we all agreed that we would come back again for the 4th time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Balbirnie Park GC"


robertcooper88's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having never played Balbirnie GC before, I am pleased to say that I thourghly enjoyed the experience. The course is in excellent condition and the greens are fabulous. I have now found a true little gem of a course and I will certainly be returning soon to repeat the experience. Big well done to the greenkeeping staff who have obviously worked tirelessly to present the course in such good condition.

Robert Cooper MBE


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



MCameron89's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course layout, provides a challenge. Great set up with pro shop at hand. Will certainly come back for another shot. Gross 73


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"I'd return here ASAP"


alex4406126's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Simply the best course I've played so far this year...

Fairways dry and with run, well managed, greens also in great condition, fast and true...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u6993636's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course varied holes keeps you thinking greens recently cored but expect the will be fast when complete


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u915403536's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/22/2017
Previously played Walked Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great condition for late Oct"


Johnhenderson5's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Well layed out parkland course. In very good condition for late October. Fairways excellent. Greens had been airated and most tees not in play but that reflects the VFM for green fees. Lots of blind shots and dog legs so strokesaver recommended. Pro shop staff need to be more customer focused. Clubhouse staff friendly. Overall worth a visit. Good challenge.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Really great golf day"


bccanuck's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played this course many times when on vacation in Scotland and would recommend it to anyone. The condition has always been excellent, the staff is very friendly and helpful and bar persons are great. There are quite a few longish par fours that keep you honest and the par threes are also a challenge with the undulating fairways. If you walk ,you better be in good shape because there are quite a few good inclines on some holes. Give it a go!!!!! You will love this hidden gem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day Out"


u844922770's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a great golf course. Good test of golf and beautiful surroundings. Course in excellent condition and clubhouse very welcoming with friendly an helpful staff


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course in great condition"


leehill's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Myself and 3 friends found the course in great condition and would definitely play it again. We found it quite undulating and would recommend buggies when playing this course. Got a great bargain at £18 but not sure if it's worth £40/£50.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hidden gem"


lewmonty's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2015
First time playing Played as a single Walked Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful grounds and a nice walk. Course is difficult the first time you play it. Course knowledge would save you several strokes. Selection of what to hit off each tee and direction is key to success. I hit driver down to a 5 iron. On par three holes I hit 6 iron to 3 wood, winds were a factor.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Tremendous Value"


Karrotts's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/02/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent value,well prepared course and not too busy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"good condition, very friendlyy"


andrewmoira's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Easy check in. As course wasn't busy were told we could go out earlier if we wished. Given scorecards and directions to the first tee. Many interesting holes, a challenge but not tiring. Some long carries for ladies.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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