Leven Links Golf Course
Golf has been played at Leven Links Golf Course since 1846, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world. It has a unique landscape of parallel dune ridges that provides the ideal setting for links golf. The slopes and undulations of the terrain are used throughout the golf course, including the fairways that were molded from the valleys created by the dunes. The prevailing winds that blow through the course are often another challenging factor that is added to the game. The first four holes, all par 4s, play long but as the holes continue they become more up-and-down. The golf course opens with a tricky hole where the green sits on a ridge plateau and it finishes with what some have boasted is one of the best finishing holes in the country. It is another difficult par 4 with a burn stretching across the front of the green.
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|Yellow M: 70.0/118 W: 74.0/125||401||346||333||434||142||555||162||352||166||2891||319||350||476||471||313||182||383||409||457||3360||6251|
|Red W: 69.0/117||383||314||290||380||115||542||114||345||140||2623||295||301||440||439||308||157||368||399||445||3152||5775|
The genuine article
You want a traditional links course? You will find it here. Warm welcome from the staff and a pleasant, traditional 19th hole to follow.
fine layout average condition
this is a traditional links well laid out and interesting. It is early season but fairways are poor and need growth- other courses nearby such as Lundin Links looked better. It could do with money spent on it to improve bunker faces. Greens putted well. The gorse has been cut back too much and loses a bit of the character of the course. Locals all very friendly and as a two ball round in 3 hours and not held up.
Cold windy day edging into the dead of winter. Expectations are not high. We had been advised that the fairways had suffered due to the intense summer sun and evedence of it was clear. However preferring our lie cleared up any of the damage issues easily. Even in the face of this they still ran great and the surface quality is a joy to hit off, and the sound!
If the fairways suffered the greens certainly hadn’t! Just outstanding for anytime of year especially now. True fast and at times vast!
The layout is the real star however. The undulations of the topography make for distinct lines off tees and huddled guarded Greens with testing run offs. Just ticks all the boxes of a classic links.
Now If only I could hit it 190 off the deck into the wind.
Great holes, shame about course condition
As an Open Championship qualifying course our expectations were high, and there are certainly some lovely Links holes, but the course was in pretty poor condition, really showing many signs of a poor grass growing summer. To be fair it looked like a lot of remedial work was taking place, with extensive re-seeding, but I’m afraid it will be some time before golfers benefit. Greens were in better condition than fairways and tees, but still not as true and smooth as I’d expected.
For a week day in October the course was still busy and play slow, 4 hours for a two ball. In summary, disappointing and even at reduced greefees not good value, I hope to return when the course has recovered.
Very good par 3's.
Very enjoyable course, everybody in the clubhouse were extremely welcoming. The condition of the course was only average, but some terrific holes, and well worth a visit.
Love the course but has gone down a little since we last played, mainly the fairways....probably down to a dry summer to be fair.
Classic links golf
Great seaside links course with views of the ocean on many holes. We played in a 25mph+ wind that made it tremendously challenging. Course was in good shape with fast greens. The staff was friendly but the course is very hard to follow for a first time visitor due to quirky layout so ask for a rundown before heading out.
Very friendly welcome from both the pro and the catering staff. The course had been recommended to us and as an open qualifier we had high expectations. Sadly we ended up rather disappointed. The course generally was a bit scruffy with untidy tee areas and numerous bare patches. However, the greens were immaculate. We found the layout a bit repetitive, probably due to the course being contained in a fairly “compact” area with tees and greens in dangerously close proximity. It was reasonable value for money but I don’t expect a return visit.
Played in Championship Tour
Played the course of yellow markers for this event.
Fairways and rough had suffered a bit due to the weather we have "enjoyed" of late, but the greens were in excellent condition. A good pace and very true. (The 3x3putts I had were all my own fault!).
Day started off a bit wet, but sun soon came out. Tight course off some tees, well placed bunkering and evil gorse! - Cost me at the last. Like a lot of Scottish course I play, I disagree totally with having a different par for the course of white and of yellow. No need for it, especially when there is only a handful of yards of difference. Make it a par 4 or a par 5. Simple!
Lovely old course, and look forward to playing it again sometime in the future. :)
Was recommended this course by golfers who recently played in a n open at my home club.
Booked to play through teeofftimes at a cost of £25 per person rather than the course green fee for visitors of £70 per person.
Arrived to a lukewarm greeting in the pro shop with no information or advice offered. Only option was yellow tees!! Which per pitched as far forward as possible (ahead of the blues).
Our ratings as follows:
Practice facilities 1/5 - very poor
Tee Boxes 0/5 - lost all need rebuilt
Course fairways 1/5 - a disaster
Greens 2/5 - nice speed but very bumpy
Leven Thistle Clubhouse 4/5
Would not recommend nor return! Played as a pair 8 and 4 handicaps.
Very poor for the price being paid
This was my 3rd time returning to leven links and had fond memories of playing the course, sadly though it seems to have gone severely downhill, first of all it appear the club have sent tee times for online bookings that put you out right behind a senior competition where it's all four balls so the pace of play is never going to be ideal however there is a sign on the Pro shop wall stating faster playing groups should be let through by the time we reached the 4th 1 of the group's had lost a hole but no wave through occurred and by the 9th tee there was a complete log jam with an almost empty 10th hole clearly the club policy if allowing faster groups to play through was not being enforced, just feel to give an online booking website times right behind a club competition is just silly, and unfortunately I have to mention the condition of the course which sadly for a championship links seems to have gone into something almost bordering into a state of disrepair, the recent hot weather has understandably made conditions tricky for greenkeepers but to charge almost full price for a course in that of kind condition was quite shocking, is advertised as an open qualifying venue clearly to justify the price but cannot see it ever returning with the condition it's currently in, as I had good memories of leven in the past I was extremely disappointed with the day would recommend elsewhere if wanting a value for money experience
good links course
played following recent dry spell and course was playing fast and hard. as I am not a particular big hitter was fun watching a drive bounce an extra 40 -50 yards down the fairway leaving some of shorter par fours a wedge onto the green. having played courses where landing on the green almost means two putts max the size and speed of the greens were the biggest challenge of the day,sadly had four 3 putts. great challenge and real enjoyable course.
All round great experience.
This afternoon 3/8/18 at 14 /30, I had @ very good experience at Leven links. From the very friendly starter to the 3 gents who kindly let me join them on the 1st tee. The course was very brown in places (due to the recent very warm weather). But the well watered greens were great to putt on . I would recommend this course to anyone.
A good tradition links layout provided a very enjoyable day for me and my son. Course was in good condition and the staff at the clubhouse and the pro shop were friendly and helpful. Would recommend this course to visitors looking for a great seaside links experience.
The course is in very dry condition not surprisingly given the recent extended dry spell. Greens a bit bumpy and the course is extremely challenging. Starters Office staff very welcoming and well stocked. Nice lunch in the Leven club house.
A hidden gem
Leven Links is a true hidden gem - a classic links course with many strong holes. Sitting right next to Lundin Links and on an incredible plot of land, we were lucky to play here during what was the hottest summer the UK has had since records began. This made Leven play, hard, fast and fiery. Just the way links golf should be. The course is a very fair, but challenging layout, forcing you to plot your way around, until you come to the 18th - a long and treacherous par 4. The 460 yard bruiser featuring a burn in front of the green is as hard a finishing hole as I have come across. A solid drive still left me with over 200 yards into a strong breeze - I was happy to see my second shot land on the putting surface and get out of there with a hard earned par 4.
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Leven, which was made all the better by the warm welcome we received from the pro and members who were playing that day. Will definitely be back!
Helpful and Friendly Staff in the Pro Shop
I popped in 2 days before my tee time to make sure I knew where to go and learn a little bit about the course. Young Finley was a delight to chat with. Scotland has been enjoying an unprecedented hot streak with little rain and the course was suffering a bit from lack of water. But it did not deter my enjoyment of the course.
Greens require attention
This is a wonderful classic links layout but has suffered badly from the recent dry weather. The greens are in serious trouble and need urgent action.
Hard and dry
The Course killed my game. If you play it for the first time you have a lot of blind shots . The greens are fast.
The staff in the Pro-Shop was friendly and we get a warm welcome.