Leven Links golf course in Fife
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Leven Links golf course in Fife
Golf has been played on the piece of land where Leven Links Golf Course is located since 1849. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - No. 1
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - No. 1
The first hole at Leven Links Golf Course is a short par 4. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links in Fife - Lundin Links
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Leven Links in Fife - Lundin Links
A stone wall at Leven Links separates the fourth green from next door Lundin Links. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links golf course in Fife - Leven
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - Leven
The town of Leven is located in Fife, about 20 minutes from St. Andrews. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links in Fife - links golf
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Leven Links in Fife - links golf
Unlike Lundin Links, which is a parkland-links mix, all 18 are links holes at Leven Links. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links golf course in Fife - sea
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - sea
The sea is in view from many spots at Leven Links Golf Course in Fife. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links golf course - Open Championship qualifying
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Leven Links golf course - Open Championship qualifying
Leven Links in Fife was an Open Championship qualifying site through 2005. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links in Fife - Clubhouses
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Leven Links in Fife - Clubhouses
Leven Thistle Golf Club (left) and Leven Golfing Society (right) have separate clubhouses next to one another at Leven Links. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links golf course in Fife - No. 16
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - No. 16
There are 116 bunkers at Leven Links to steer clear of, including this one beside the 16th green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links in Fife - Leven Thistle Golf Club
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Leven Links in Fife - Leven Thistle Golf Club
One of the clubs that plays Leven Links, Leven Thistle Golf Club, was founded in 1867. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links golf course in Fife - No. 18
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - No. 18
The par-4 18th at Leven Links Golf Course is one of Scotland's toughest holes, playing into the wind, and is guarded by a burn in front. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Leven Links golf course in Fife - starter shack
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Leven Links golf course in Fife - starter shack
The starter shack at Leven Links sits beside the first tee and is where golfers should check in - not the clubhouses. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Leven Links golf course in Fife, Scotland

Leven Links Golf Course in the Kingdom of Fife is one of the most historic golf courses in Scotland.

Located on the north shore of the Firth of Forth, the layout features 18 links holes overlooking the water and Bass Rock in the distance. Today the course is home to two main clubs, Leven Golfing Society (the 11th oldest in the world) and Leven Thistle Golf Club.

The golf course has an illustrious history dating back to the mid-19th century and is home to the "The Standard Life Assurance Company's Amateur Champion Gold Medal," which began in 1870 and has been won by such golfers as H.S. Colt and Lee Westwood. It also served as an Open Championship Qualifying Site through 2005.

The course as it is today is far different from its original form. Located next door to Lundin Links and separated only by a stone wall behind the fourth green, the two courses were both once part of the same golf course.

As it stands today, the golf course plays just more than 6,500 yards from the medal tees. The routing consists of three horseshoes, the largest starting on the first and wrapping around to the ninth hole, followed by the 10th through 16th holes inside that, and finally the 17th and 18th playing parallel to one another.

The course also features one of Scotland's toughest holes, the 456-yard 18th that plays into the prevailing wind and features a burn running in front of the green.

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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