Kingsbarns Golf Links - 12th
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - 12th
The par-5 12th hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links makes its bid as the most beautiful hole in Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - 1st hole
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - 1st hole
The par-4 first hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links sweeps gently right. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - 2nd
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - 2nd
Balls seem to kick right on the par-3 second hole of Kingsbarns Golf Links, a Kyle Phillips design. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - no. 3
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - no. 3
Avoid the dangerous deep bunker to the right of the green on the par-5 third hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 5
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 5
Humps and bunkers litter the tricky par-4 fifth hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 6
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 6
The 337-yard sixth hole at Kingsbarns Golf Links is drivable from the middle tees. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 7
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 7
The approach to the seventh green at Kingsbarns Golf Links plays uphill. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 11
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 11
The par-4 11th hole heads toward the lone grove of trees on Kingsbarns Golf Links. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 13
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 13
Four bunkers ring the par-3 13th hole on Kingsbarns Golf Links. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links  - hole 14
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - hole 14
Kingsbarns Golf Links' par-4 14th hole on plays on higher ground above the scenic, par-5 12th hole. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - 15th
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - 15th
The beautiful, par-3 15th hole on Kingsbarns Golf Links would fit right in on seaside course in New Zealand, Canada or Australia. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links - 18th
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Kingsbarns Golf Links - 18th
A burn crosses the elevated 18th green at Kingsbarns Golf Links. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Kingsbarns Golf Links
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Kingsbarns Golf Links
There are gorgeous views almost everywhere at Kingsbarns Golf Links. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Kingsbarns Golf Links: The modern marvel on the outskirts of St. Andrews

KINGSBARNS, Scotland -- If you can't secure your tee time on the Old Course, don't fret. There's a magical, marvelous, magnificent bucket-list links six miles away ready to blow your mind: Kingsbarns Golf Links.

It may be blasphemy to some, but there are golfers who would play Kingsbarns over the Old Course every day of the week. The modern links by Kyle Phillips is that spectacular.

It opened in 2000 on the windswept cliffs where golf has been played since 1793. Wide fairways and big, perplexing greens ensure it remains enjoyable in big winds off the North Sea. The stirring views of the water never subside. They come crashing again and again, more intensely as the round moves forward, leading to great visual reveals, such as the dramatic, dogleg, par-5 12th hole or the peninsula green jutting into the sea at the par-3 15th hole.

It's a round no golfer forgets. The green fee is one of the highest in Scotland, but that's not a surprise, considering this is a priceless experience in the Home of Golf.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 700 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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