14 reviews of Kingsbarns Golf Links
A magical experience. Much better layout and condition than the Old Course in my opinion. Lovely clubhouse and terrace overlooking the sea and some of the best golf holes you'll ever play.
The best ones in my opinion are;
12th - great dog-leg par-5 round the bay
15th - par-3 across the sea with anything short, right or long finding a watery grave
The course is very fair and an absolute must play for every golfer. I haven't met anyone who hasn't ever loved it!
This was the highlight of our weekend - wow! What a spectacular layout and site for a golf course. As soon as you see the 18th green from the clubhouse you get an idea of what's in store. Even the heavy weather didn't take the shine off the experience for me.
Almost all were memorable, but stand out holes for me were the third, a long par-5 that tracks the beach back towards St Andrews, and the 8th, a quirky little short hole with an incredible green. On the home stretch, 12 and 15 are the ones to look out for; the former is a magical crescent-shaped par-5 round the bay and the latter a tough par-3 that plays back across the same water.
The course finishes with two really strong par-4s then a warm welcome to the lodge style clubhouse. Good beer and food and excellent facilities. It's not cheap, but it's well worth it.
Simply a fantastic golf course. Anyone visiting St Andrews must play Kingsbarns, we played it as part of a tour including Carnoustie and the Old Course and all of the party agreed it was the best of the lot. There really isn't a weak hole in the entire course and the stretch from 12-16 are probably the best holes you'll play for views outside of Pebble Beach.
Although it is a little expensive, it is in my opinion the best course in the UK. Five stars all round.
I played Kingsbarns on a glorious day and the wind wasn't even blowing at full force which was a surprise. Even though conditions were perfect the course still demands a lot from the golfer. Every hole is truly stunning and you need to have every shot in the bag in order to score well around here.
The 15th and the 12th holes are worth the trip to Scotland alone and I can only imagine how much fun this course would be if the wind was up. Although the course is only about 10 years old it feels like it has been there for hundreds of years.
The clubhouse was great and everyone working at the club was very friendly.
All in all I would recommend Kingsbarns to any serious golfer as, in my opinion, everything that is on offer here justifies the lofty pricetag. 5 out of 5 and I will definitely be returning.
Members of my group had played this course previously and I was skeptical that this course was not going to play like a true links. I was wrong on this count. Also, the views here are as plentiful and spectacular as people say. Still, something is just a bit off here. I think it's the fact that this course, while beautiful, just doesn't have much character. I don't remember any holes individually and there's very little in the way of old-links quirkiness. For the same money, I'd rather play Old, New, Jubilee at St. Andrews and Elie which is also in the area. When you factor in the Kingsbarns price tag, I have to say this course is not a good value. I'm very glad to have played it once but I doubt I will return.
I am a 15 year old 10 handicapper and i have played a few good golf courses through torniments. But i must say kingsbarns is the most amasing golf course i have ever played. 11/10 brilliant
Was lucky enough to play this gem in June 2005 and was greeted by a typical Scottish summer day
mist on the practice tee, sunshine for the front 9, pouring rain on the back except for the last hole when the sun reappeared.
I believe golf has been played at this venue for ages but the new layout and clubhouse is less than 20 years old. Quite remarkable then that they have managed to create a links course that will undoubtedly appear in Top 100 course lists all over the world for years to come. The undulating fairways and elevation changes provide some spectacular views over the course and out to sea, crowned by a number of holes running alongside the waves.
It doesnt have the history of some of its more illustrious neighbours but any trip to Fife which does not stop off at Kingsbarns will be a second rate excursion ..a MUST play!
Greatest views of our trip no doubt. Course condition above average...not as good as carn or muir, but better then turn, prest, and = troon. Caddies were the best of the trip. Facilities were excellent...just like the club, give them an account number and drink, eat, and golf 36 till it's dark. We had a super time in perfect august no wind wx. a must play but i thought all the other rota courses were more of a links test than this....the fwys here were too huge. compared to prestwick, this place was like a football field for driving. the 4 of us went thru 250 lbs easy for the day and it was well worth it. you'll not have a better view of the sea than here and a great day of golf.
Up there with the best I've played or seen. Amazing costal views and not a poor hole in sight, with the condition of the course being perfect. A must play even though it is relatively more expensive than others. Very friendly staff ensure it will be a memorable day at Kingsbarns.
I played this course a total of 9 times during 2002 and each time I played it IT GOT BETTER & BETTER.
The course played different each time I played due to the weather conditions.
The par 3 15th hole must be one of the best par 3 hole in scottish golf, played from the medel tee 185 yard playing over the sea some days it was a good 7 iron and other days a full 3 iron superb hole.
From the moment you arrive the staff are great the food excellent and the practise range is well laid out then comes this sensational course a must for all golfers to play.
Once you have played it you will know the true meaning of scottish links golf (there's nothing like it believe me)
Played Aug. 11, 2002. It doesn't get any better. Period. I have played Pebble Beach, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island (1991 Ryder Cup), HarbourTown (PGA stop), Turnberry, Muirfield, Troon, the Old Course and many other worthy courses in my lifetime. Playing Kingsbarns was my crowning moment. The views, the strategy of the course, and the overall experience are in a total class by itself. I hope this secret doesn't get out too soon.
It is your loss if you miss this one when visiting Scotland. I can't say fairer than that of Pat; I have to agree the course is magnificent; it is one of the most picturesque courses I've ever played - which I hasten to add doesn't necessarily make it easy !! - a definate must if ever visiting the area; you'll be made very welcome by all the staff and is a very memorable day.
Lucky enough to play this course on a lovely sunny day with slight breeze - and it was probably my most enjoyable days golfing (even though we lost the match on the 18th.) The course was magnificent. I'd heard that lots of earth moving had gone into the construction of an "artificial" links - if so it wasn't apparent, and this course is straight into my Top 3. Fairways were generous,turf was crisp, greens were large but tricky and demanded a shot hitting the right spot. The vistas from each tee were stunning.
From the moment we arrived the staff were friendly and helpful, and it was hard to find fault with any part of the set up. On the £40 per head 4-ball offer - this has to be one of the best bargains around.
A final word on the approach to the 18th, take a club bigger than you think. All 4 of us (7 - 10 hcps) failed to get over the burn.
I played Kingsbarns in October 2002 with three friends, we had been told it was a must play course if you are in Scotland. The price at £125.00 each nearly put us off, thank God it didn't I can truly say that it was money well spent. From the locker room to the 18th hole this course is the best I have played. Every hole is different and you stand on each tee and just amire the hole before playing your shot. If any one is considering playing then I know it's a lot of money but take the chance and I am sure you will not regret it.
I read a recent article which said that this course was a MUST PLAY.
-My God, what an understatement!
For forty quid each for a four ball special offer to Scottish golfers, this has got to be THE bargain of 2002!
The course was nothing short of sensational.
I expected relatively bland holes carved out of
former fields (like another unnamed new course a
few miles along the coast) but the first impressions from the clubhouse took my breath away.
I played the Ailsa last year and thought that that was as good as golf tracks got but this
course FAR surpassed any expectations I had beforehand.
The course guide speaks of 'links golf in its true form can be a spirtitual experience' - Halleluia, brother, I am today a reborn golfer!
-What an uplifting experience.
I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Please, if its the only decent golfing feat you enbark upon in 2002, get three committed golfing
mates to join you in a game at Kingsbarns - you
will not go home disappointed - there is not one
bad hole on the golf course, honestly (and I am not a Kingsbarns employee trying to sell the place to visitors). Go see and play for yourself.
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