Discover Loch Leven in the heart of Scotland
 
 

Leven Links

 

Kilspindie

 

Elie

 

St Andrews New

 
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18-hole Links Courses Itinerary #1

Leven Links
Leven Links on the north shore of the Firth of Forth is another of Scotland's historic courses.

The Leven Golfing Society is the 11th oldest golf club in the world and shares this venerable links with Leven Thistle Golf Club, another of Scotland's most highly regarded clubs. The original nine hole layout was extended to 18 holes in 1868 when Young Tom Morris made the short journey down fron St Andrews to win the inaugural 36-hole event. Leven has long been an Open Championship qualifying course and is home to the Standard Life Gold Medal which dates back to 1870 and lays claim to being the oldest open amateur strokeplay championship in the world. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Kilspindie
It may not be the longest links course in Scotland but nonetheless it presents a tough enough challenge, especially when the wind kicks up along the Firth of Forth.

There is antiquity here too - Kilspindie is the 35th oldest club in the world and very proud of its heritage. Several holes run along the shoreline and there are splendid views. The par three 8th hole overlooking Gosford Bay is the hole that most visitors remember. It demands a testing tee shot that has to carry across the beach with the ever present wind making life even more difficult. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Elie
Although the five times Open Champion and master golf course architect James Braid was born within a short mashie shot of the golf course and learned to play his golf on Elie links it is one layout that he had no hand in developing.

There were many legal wrangles over the links in the 19th century and it took a ruling in the Court of Session in Edinburgh before a proper area for golf was marked out on the ancient links land on the north shore of the Firth of Forth. Today it is one of Scotland's most charming seaside courses and hugely popular with visitors who enjoy the quality of the crisp fairway turf and the keen traditional greens. A World War 11 submarine periscope is an unusual feature and used by the starter's to make sure the first fairway, which rises over a hill, is clear for players to play their first tee shots. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
St Andrews New
Like just about everything else in St Andrews, the word 'new' is something of a misnomer.

There is nothing at all 'new' about the New Course. It was laid out by Old Tom Morris in 1895 and originally intended as relief course for the Old which was by then struggling to keep pace with demand. It runs alongside the Old Course and were it not for its close proximity to the most famous course in the world the New Course would warrant a much bigger international reputation than it already owns. Tight fairways lined by thick gorse and whin, subtle greens and four of the most testing par three holes in golf are its hallmarks.
  • Address: St Andrews Links Trust, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SF
  • Tel: 01334 466666
  • Fax: 01334 477036
  • Email: reservations@standrews.org.uk
  • Website: http://www.standrews.org.uk
  • Size: 18 Holes
  • Length: 6604
  • Type: Links
  • Par: 71
  • SSS: 73



     


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