Golf House Club
The Golf House Club, Elie does not possess a specific course architect or design, rather the course has been consistently evolving throughout the centuries to reflect the changes in the natural linksland. The organic evolution of the golf course has provided a unique layout that is one of the area's "must-plays." There are no par 5s and only two par 3s, which are balanced by short but interesting par 4s, a half dozen blind shots, and four consecutive seaside holes that represent some of the best golf in Fife. Golfers are quickly thrown into the golf course's challenges with the opening hole, which requires a tricky blind shot over a hill some 50 yards off of the tee. The prevailing winds coming in from the Firth of Forth add another formidable element to the game.
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Food & BeverageCatering, Restaurant
Available FacilitiesClubhouse, Lounge, Showers, Locker Rooms
Even though the greens were being hollow-tined they were still very playable. Several holes are in sight of the Sea and, of course, no Par 5s.
Superb course & Facilities
We suffered a puncture en-route so phoned ahead to notify. The Pro was great and said that he'd change the tee time for us.
We arrived 2 hrs late and teed off an hour later (due to the members medal being on). So we had a bite to eat before using the driving range and short game practice area which is next to the clubhouse.
The course has a great old school links layout and the greens ran true and fast for the time of year. Overall the course was in great condition, pace of play was good, food was delicious and great value, and the Pro was knowledgeable, polite and friendly.
There's also some picturesque holes with views over to Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's seat and beyond.
Excellent course, amazing conditions for January, no mats or winter greens, quirky holes, excellent views with holes around the Fife coastal path
A Gem Among Giants
Being so close to Saint Andrews, 10 miles, this course is somewhat unknown to people outside of Scotland. It shouldn't be. I only have about 40 rounds of Scottish golf under my belt, but that includes 12 of the best courses in Scotland. Without doubt, Elie ranks among them.
Not only is it one of the oldest golf courses on the planet, the views are among the best in all of Scotland. (You will want your camera ready for #3 tee box and the top of the hill on # 11 fairway.)
I have no issues with blind tee shots, of which there are a couple, and the layout is impeccable.
Make sure you take enough club to get to the top of the hill on #11. It was pouring rain and chilly the day I played, but is there any other way to play a classic links golf course for the first time?