Elie is one of the finest links courses in Fife and offers a warm welcome and an honest test of golf played over classic links terrain. It is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country and lies just 12 miles from the championship courses at St Andrews, the Home of Golf. It’s unique and blind first hole requires the starter to peer through a submarine periscope in order to see if the way is clear.
The game has been played across the historic Elie links since the 15th Century and given the panoramic views and superb setting it is little wonder the course has established itself as a must play for visitors over the years.
Elie is not a course that gives up good scores easily and the patient player that crafts their way around these cultured links will always fare better than the thoughtless golfer who tries simply to overpower them. At 6,273 yards the course is not long, but its network of bunkers are beautifully placed to catch those that stray offline or misjudge their distances. This can be all too easy to do, especially as the prevailing south westerly breeze slackens or stiffens during the course of a round. Elie’s quick and contoured greens add a further layer of protection and the manicured putting surfaces rank comfortably alongside the best in the country.
Indeed, Sir Michael Bonallack, OBE, perhaps sums it up best when he says: “If you love links Golf, you will love Elie. Close cut running fairways with firm, fast, true greens. A memorable and enjoyable test for golfers of every ability.”