In Episode 11 I have the pleasure of visiting Kingsbarns Golf Links, one of the newest courses in the hallowed home of golf, in the glorious sunshine.
Kingsbarns is a traditional Scottish links course set in a stunning seaside location just 7 miles from St. Andrews. The wide fairways stretch along 2 miles of spectacular coastline in East Fife.
In this show I’ll take you to the signature holes at Kingsbarns, the par-5 12th and 15th, I’ll show you the challenging 7th, 9th and 18th holes as well as the dramatic fairways and greens, the beautiful clubhouse, the stunning coastline and even some wildlife down on the adjacent beach!
I start out by taking you to the 15th hole and offering you some top tips to help you make par on this hole. This hole is gaining a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest par 3s. With its fantastic views I think it’s our version of Pebble Beach!
Whenever I come to Kingsbarns I always see some fantastic drama on this incredible hole – I love it. From the tee at 212 yards I demonstrate how the hole can be played – either by simply going for it or by laying up on the left hand side of the green.
When you stand on the tee of the 15th at Kingsbarns you don’t know how windy it’s going to be, so my top tip is to check the trees on your left and also aim for the left bunker if you can because that’s a really good safe line. The last thing you want is to end up on the rocks on the right.
Once you get to the green you should take care because there are lots of borrows, contours and undulating ridges on this green.
If you can get a 3 or a 4 that’s a good score and you can move on having played one of the best golf holes in Scotland!
Apart from the 15th one of the best holes at Kingsbarns Golf Links is the 12th – it’s a par 5, it goes all the way along the coastline and has to be one of the most stunning holes in the British Isles.
The par 4 7th is a long tough hole at 470 yards from the championship tees. It’s important to miss the large hollow on the left side of the green, as recovering from here can be tricky.
Next I take you onto the par 5 9th hole which is 568 yards long and I show you the cross bunkers and the deep bunkers on the right hand side of the green..
Like all of the greens at Kingsbarns there are 6 or 7 pin placements on the 9th green. However there is no other green like the 9th for the variety of placement. There is a large hollow and a ridge running across this green. This really is a tricky green but a lot of fun to play.
I finish the show on the testing par 4 18th hole which is 444 yards from the tips. You final approach shot must carry the Cambo Burn. This is a finishing hole which is designed for maximum drama – it’s lots of fun and it could decide the outcome of your match.
Golf at Kingsbarns dates back to 1793 and since then it’s had a turbulent history. The course closed in 1850 so that farmers could turn the land into farmable fields, and re-opened in 1922 when Willie Auchterlonie laid out a nine-hole golf course on the links at Kingsbarns Bay. Then in 1939 this course was mined for military purposes during World War II. Finally in 1999 Californian designers Mark Parsinen and Kyle Phillips created and opened the 18 hole golf course which features in this show.
Despite its infancy, Kingsbarns has the honor of being one of three venues for the annual Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, along with the Old Course and Carnoustie.
This spectacular course has also been selected as a Final Local Qualifying course for the 2010 Open Championship.
If you want the sights, sounds smells of sea while you are playing golf then Kingsbarns is the place to be. The elevated tees give you magnificent views of the landing areas of each hole as well as stunning views out to the sea. On the green you really need to have you’re “A” game with you because there are so many contours and subtle borrows – probably best to have a caddy on your first visit!
Good luck on your 1st visit to Kingsbarns!
For full details on how to play please visit their website.
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Kingsbarns Golf Links
Fife KY16 8QD
Telephone Number +44 (0)1334 460860
Fax Number +44 (0)1334 460877
Email: Contact here
Finally the Question of the Day:
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