Kingsbarns Golf Links
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Kingsbarns Golf Links
Kingsbarns Golf Links's three-tiered amphitheater effect gives every hole a sea view. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 1
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 1
Kingsbarns Golf Links' first hole doglegs right to a green sitting out near the sea. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 2
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 2
Kingsbarns Golf Links' second hole is a par 3 with a large green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - bunkers
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - bunkers
Sod-walled pot bunkers can prove to be a menace beside fairways and in the greens at Kingsbarns Golf Links. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 8
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 8
Kingsbarns Golf Links' eighth hole is a short par 3 that plays gently downhill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns golf course
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Kingsbarns golf course
Along with Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews, Kingsbarns Golf Links hosts the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - clubhouse
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - clubhouse
The clubhouse at Kingsbarns Golf Links features a pro shop and restaurant on the ground floor with locker rooms on the top floor. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 11
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 11
The 11th hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links is a long par 4 that plays towards the sea. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 12
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 12
The 12th hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links is a par 5 that hugs the coast the entire way. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 13
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 13
Kingsbarns' par-3 13th hole features a small green that is well protected by trouble. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns G.C.
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Kingsbarns G.C.
Kingsbarns Golf Links was designed by Kyle Phillips and opened in 2000, seven miles from St. Andrews. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 16
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 16
The 16th hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links is a par 5 that plays below the clubhouse. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 18
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - No. 18
Kingsbarns Golf Links' 18th hole features an elevated green protected by a steep bank leading down to a burn. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Kingsbarns Golf Links: A must-play in a land of old links

Located seven miles away from St. Andrews along the coast is Kingsbarns Golf Links , a 21st-century links design near golf's sacred ground.

The village of Kingsbarns had a golf club for a long while dating back to the early 19th century, but golfers deserted the club around the time of World War II and the land lay empty for many years. The new Kingsbarns Golf Links debuted in 2000 and became the area's new must-play in a land of old links.

The golf course was designed by Kyle Phillips and the land was shaped so that there are three tiers of golf holes, sloping down towards the sea in order to optimize sea views. Once you hit your first tee shot through dunes and dogleg right, the sea comes into view and never ceases. Two holes in particular play especially spectacular along the sea, the par-5 12th and par-3 15th hole.

The design is more than just sea views, however. A championship links, Kingsbarns is a host course in the Dunhill Links Championship held in St. Andrews each fall along with Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. The course features many steep, revetted pot bunkers both in the fairways and greens. The greens are large, very fast and sloping with tiers. Pin positions can be especially creative, set on slopes and tucked in corners.

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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