18 holes, 72 par, 7,150 yards
Located directly on the North Sea coast only six miles from St. Andrews, Kingsbarns is without a doubt one of the most breathtaking links courses ever developed. Though it only opened for general play in July 2000, it’s fair to say that the links appears to have been in place for the past century.
Kingsbarn is a real one of a kind and contrasts with Scotland’s other famous links courses in that it is a new, man-made development. The significance of the development was highlighted by Sir Michael Bonallack, winner of 5 British Amateur Titles and present captain of the R & A when he indicated that “Kingsbarns might well be one of the last true seaside links sites capable of development in Scotland”.
The sea figures prominently on every hole and you continuously see, feel and hear the ocean. The links boasts spacious fairways, which roll and twist through majestic dune ridges and hollows, while it’s large inviting greens present the golfer with subtle challenges.
With views of the ocean and the waves crashing over the rocks below, Kingsbarn is infinitely more scenic and is a worthy spiritual descendant of its historical neighbors to the north. There is talk of a major tournament on site, the venue is being discussed as an ideal host for the Scottish Open.