Featured St Andrews Area Golf Courses
With a location that is not adjacent to but near the coastline, Scotscraig Golf Club is provided with a landscape that has a unique blend of links and heathland features. The golf course features the sandy soil, fescue, and gorse of classic links but it is complemented by rolling woodlands, an atypical feature not found on most links.
Crail Golf Society boasts two traditional links courses. The club, which was founded in 1786, is the seventh oldest golf club in the world. The golf courses share stunning coastal views and a rich history. The master of golf himself, Tom Morris, laid out the Balcomie Links, the older of the two courses.
The Kittocks follows its path around the cliff tops only a few miles from the Town. It does combine an absolute seaside setting (with stunning views of the Firth of Tay) with creative modern golf course architecture. It is one of the very local Courses where buggies or carts are standard.
Kingarrock Golf Course dates back to the 1920s but in the 1930s the parkland layout was plowed during the war. More than 70 years later, the course was revamped and reopened for play in 2002 after decades in use as a grazing pasture and for growing crops.
Elie Sports Club Golf Course has a softly undulating landscape with views overlooking the Firth of Forth. It is situated on prime links turf that stays in excellent condition the entire year.
Perched on a hill, on the southern boundary of the Town, the Dukes Course’s parkland setting the course compliments St Andrews' famous links and is a true test for every golfer. The rolling fairways and undulating greens provides a Round full of interest and challenge. The Clubhouse both enjoy spectacular views of the Town and Bay of St Andrews towards the Firth of Tay and Carnoustie.
Drumoig Golf Hotel sprawls across 250 acres of rolling countryside inhabited by a variety of different birds and wildlife. The dramatic landscape provides the course with plenty of loch-side fairways and quarry greens.
Perched atop the cliffs that are situated above St. Andrews Bay, Fairmont St. Andrews offers two stunning traditional links golf courses, the Torrance and the Kittocks. In a region famous for being the home of golf, both courses manage to hold their own against the area's other links courses.
Elmwood Golf Club sprawls across some of the most beautiful countryside in Fife, offering scenic views of Tarvit Hill and the Lomond Hills. Visitors are always welcome at this pay-and-play facility, which is owned and managed by Elmwood College.
Established in 1786, Crail Golfing Society is the seventh oldest golf club in the world. It boasts two of the finest links golf courses in Scotland. Craighead Links is the younger of the two courses by over a century, but it still provides the same challenging features that characterize the best of traditional Scottish links.
The Golf House Club, Elie does not possess a specific course architect or design, rather the course has been consistently evolving throughout the centuries to reflect the changes in the natural linksland. The organic evolution of the golf course has provided a unique layout that is one of the area's "must-plays."
Thornton Golf Club sprawls across an expanse of wooded parkland bounded by the River Ore. The course is mostly flat, making it easy to walk but don't let the lack of elevation deceive you.
Charleton Golf & Country Club boasts a reputation for being one of the most attractive golf courses in Fife. It sits just minutes from St. Andrews but it offers impressive views over the Firth of Forth that make it a completely unique experience.
St. Michael's Golf Club sits atop Gallow Hill, providing spectacular views past the River Eden to the historic buildings of St. Andrews. The course sprawls across a prehistoric settlement that is protected by Historic Scotland.
Given its seaside location overlooking picturesque farmland to the north and the Forth Estuary to the south, golfers would expect Scoonie Golf Club to be a traditional links layout but it is actually a parkland course. The stunning views of the surrounding countryside contrast nicely with the views of the sea.
Golf has been played at Leven Links Golf Club since 1846, making it one of the oldest clubs in the world. It has a unique landscape of parallel dune ridges that provides the ideal setting for links golf.
Ladybank Golf Club is situated amidst heather, pines, and silver birch trees that provide a valuable habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Ladybank was established as a six-hole course in 1879 by Old Tom Morris himself. It expanded to a nine-hole course in 1910 and to 18 holes in 1958.
Balbirnie Park Golf Club serves as a prime example of a traditional parkland design with a layout that follows the natural contours of the land very closely. The gently rolling landscape lends some interest to the course but the undulations are invitingly gentle rather than being overly difficult.