At Kingsbarns Golf Links, you will find an outstanding golf course situated just south of St Andrews in Fife and stretching right along the North Sea Coast.

The course was voted at the Golf Course of the Year at the Golf Tourism Scotland (GTS) Gold Standard Awards in 2011. The Awards are recognised as the industry Oscars and celebrate the greatest achievements throughout the industry. Kingsbarns was ranked as No.1 modern course in Great Britain and Ireland by "Golfweek, USA" and ranked No.5 of "Top 100 Courses You Must Play" by "Golf World, UK".

The course is perhaps more groomed than many links courses but this will suit many players. We would recommend trying to combine playing  at St Andrews with a round here at Kingsbarns, 20 minutes south of St Andrews.

There is also a nice restaurant and bar in the clubhouse and a shop.

playing kingsbarns

This 18-hole Scottish links course.

7,150 yards when playing from the championship tees with par 72.

history of kingsbarns

Golf has been played at Kingsbarns since the late 18th Century, however the golf links fell into disuse when it was mined during the Second World War. It was then redesigned by the American Course designer Kyle Phillips in 2000 and has gained a huge reputation since then.

staying nearby

There are luxury hotels in St Andrews in the form of the Old Course, the Rusacks Marine Hotel and just outside St Andrews at the Fairmont Hotel. Nearer Kingsbarns there is the Cambo Estate, which has a history intertwined with the history of golf in St Andrews is that the Earls of Kellie at one point played golf with the King, owned the St Andrews Links and have been members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club !

There are hotels and self catering accomodation in Crail and in St Andrews as well as in the other Fife villages and countryside.

things to see in the area

You might also like to play the Crail Golfing Society's course at Balcomie Links at Crail, which has holes that are played right alongside the sea, including the "Cave Hole" as seen in this photograph.balcomie links golf course

Balcomie Links is quite a difficult course and has a good reputation amongst golfers.

Crail has a lovely pottery to visit as well as a "nuclear bunker" that is left over from the cold war era and is now open for visitors ! And Crail also has a lovely small fishing harbour surronded by typical Fife cottages and which is very photogenic ! And more importantly you can quite often buy fresh fish.

If you are interested in walking, you could walk all or part of the Fife Coastal Path walk -