Kingsbarns Golf Links

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4.2
Value
1.5
Layout
3.3
Friendliness
3.3
Pace
1.5
Amenities
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7224
Slope 141
Rating 75.6
Type Public
Opened in 2000, Kingsbarns Golf Course is one of the newer golf courses in Scotland but it has quickly garnered a large following. Despite being in the company of some of the finest links in the world, the course has managed to distinguish itself as one of Scotland's must-play golf courses. The 7,227-yards layout runs longer than other traditional links courses, but it has a challenging yet inviting design that lacks the severity that can sometimes make Carnoustie a disappointment. The course was blended so seamlessly into the landscape that it's hard to believe that over 300,000 yards of earth were moved in order to create the bunkers, dunes, and perfectly rumpled fairways. Kingsbarns' large greens have some contours but overall, the undulations throughout the course are gentler than they appear. It finishes dramatically with an uphill par 4 that provides the only forced carry approach shot on the golf course.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship/Black 72 7224 yards 75.6 141
Medal/White 72 6842 yards 73.4 138
Regular/Green 72 6356 yards 71.1 132
Championship Ladies/Blue 72 6088 yards 69.9 130
Ladies/Red 72 5257 yards 70.7 126
Scorecard for Kingsbarns Golf Links
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.6/141 418 200 518 425 426 338 461 168 558 3512 394 481 606 148 384 212 569 474 444 3712 7224
White M: 73.4/138 405 190 511 409 399 320 438 154 536 3362 380 455 566 135 366 185 547 432 414 3480 6842
Green M: 71.1/132 380 165 477 389 370 301 431 132 500 3145 366 399 538 123 336 151 507 408 383 3211 6356
Blue M: 69.9/130 W: 72.3/129 380 165 419 389 370 301 431 132 460 3047 366 324 538 123 339 151 486 334 383 3044 6091
Red W: 70.7/126 295 136 419 299 294 241 364 113 460 2621 308 324 442 113 308 110 377 334 320 2636 5257
Handicap 13 9 15 3 7 11 1 17 5 14 10 2 12 18 6 16 8 4
Par 4 3 5 4 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 5 3 4 3 5 4 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Golf Season April - October
Architect Kyle Phillips (2000)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes, for medical reasons only
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire.

Reviews

3.3
11

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 7
This course/club is great for:
A Bucket list/Top 100 Pick 8
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
A Weekend Splurge 6
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3.0
Previously Played

Most Overhyped Course on Earth

Beautiful scenery yes but the course is at its best a contrived resort effort. Balls roll back toward fairways and miraculously on to greens. On a number of holes, wide expanses of open space await slicers who think they’ve lost a ball right.

On this day, we played 12 holes in 3.5 hours and walked off. Starter was more concerned with my request to play whites than he was with the ladies in front of us playing the men’s tees. They couldn’t hit it a lick. Lost holes to the group in front and were never approached by a course representative. We passed the ranger on the walk in he never blinked an eye at us. I guess people walk off on $350 rounds there all the time? For that price per round, you would expect a more pleasant experience. Unfortunately, the truth is that Kingsbarns exploits its location to charge an extortionate amount to wealthy clientele from St. Andrews. People line up like sheep to play this pedestrian track set on a marvelous piece of coast. They get people on they get people off. That’s what they do. On this trip the pace of play was appalling and the course conditions were just so so for mid summer. Divots everywhere and thinning greens. Go see for yourself - not a chance it’s worth the 268 GBP per round.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Good weather

Great day at Kingsbarns

What a course! Very expensive but well worth it. Friendly helpful staff, pretty good caddies, great walking course. Course seems much more mature than it's age. Tough but fair layout. Fairly difficult to lose a ball. 12 is one of the nicest holes I have played and I have played roughly 25% of the world 100.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Fair weather

A "must play!"

A short drive from St. Andrews and you will find yourself on one of the most picturesque courses you will ever play. While it was early in the golf season my wife and I walked the course and on virtually every hole stopped to take a photograph. While it was windy we found the fairways generous and using the course guide we were able to navigate the course with little difficulty. All of the staff from the starter, ground keeping and wait staff were incredibly friendly and the service was first rate.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Denver Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

An American Resort on Scottish Links

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
First Time Playing
Good weather

The hip new kid on the block in Fife

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

A great course

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Peeble Who???

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Excellent weather

Great links in a spectacular setting

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather

Whoa baby, this is a good one

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Golf Advisor
Previously Played
Good weather

A distant past yields new modern challenge near St. Andrews

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.    

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent

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