Fife, Scotland, Golf Courses
A seven day tour of St Andrews and Fife Golf Courses
If there is an area in the world that is instantly identified with the game
of golf, it is surely the ancient Kingdom of Fife. It was
here, on a peninsula jutting out into the North Sea, that the game was developed from the crude game of ball and stick into a more sophisticated contest played by gentlemen of the era.
Today's golf tourist instantly identifies St Andrews as his Mecca, and so it should be. But once you have savoured
the character and traditions of the 'Auld Grey Toon', take the time to explore the rest of this aged Kingdom. There
are authentic tests of an excellent temperament waiting to be discovered, and any golfer will find delight at every
Our suggested 7 day itinerary points out the major courses that should be experienced but, for less experienced golfers wishing to enjoy easier layouts, we also indicate the courses that can be appreciated by golfers of every level. For golfers and non-golfers there are some delightful diversions near to each golfing venue.
7 Day Itinerary
Day 1 - St Andrews
Your first day here is to relax and absorb the history abounding. Play an easy game on the new Strathtyrum course, the
delightful Eden, or the more demanding Jubilee, all set within this marvellously natural golfing arena. In terms of diversions, the British Golf Museum will enrich your awareness of the game. Along the Scores, you will find St Andrews Castle and the Castle Visitor Centre.
Day 2 - St Andrews
Play the Old Course or, failing to obtain a tee time there, the New Course which, for those in the know, is more demanding.
To maintain the sense of history, visit the Cathedral and St Rules Tower at the end of North Street. There you will find the headstone of Tom Morris Jnr.
Day 3 - Scotscraig Golf Club
Ten miles north of St Andrews, this Open qualifying links/heathland is a test of direction and strategy. A wayward driver will find trouble throughout the front nine. For an easier but enjoyable round, visit St Michaels, which has an open aspect for many holes, exposed and in excellent condition. To escape from it all, take a walk along Kinshaldy Beach, near Leuchars, or visit the Norman church in that village.
Day 4 - Drumoig Golf Club
The newest of Fife's golf venues and already in good condition, this is a long test that big hitters will savour. The two quarry greens on either half of the course are the signature holes. The ancient abbey at Balmerino complete with wonderful views of the River Tay is a worthwhile side tour.
Day 5 - Crail, Balcomie Golf Course
Originally laid out by Old Tom Morris on the edge of Fifeness, this is a course to delight every player. Wind and sea water
are its salient features. Crail Harbour is one of Fife's most picturesque spots. A demanding test lies at Anstruther, a 9 hole of distinct character. Also visit the Scottish Fisheries Museum overlooking Anstruther's harbour.
Day 6 - Ladybank
Inland avenues of heather and pines mean a high demand for accuracy. Ladybank is another Open qualifying course. The links alternative is The Golf House Club at Elie, a magnificent test nearly always augmented by wind. An easier option is the new 'pay and play' Charleton Course, a few miles inland at Colinsburgh. A must to visit is the ancient village of Falkland with its 12th
century palace and Royal Tennis Court.
Day 7 - Leven Links
A course of the highest standards as experienced by players hoping to qualify for the Open. Equally testing is Lundin Links, although it is but perhaps more facilitating for average golfers. Lundin Ladies Golf Course is a worthwhile venue for both sexes. Inland is Balbirnie Golf Club, a classic, parkland estate course. Nearby at Cupar is the Scottish Deer Centre which alsoo sells a large stock of outdoor clothing, including golf gear.
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