Crail Golfing Society Balcomie Links

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At A Glance

Crail Golfing Society Balcomie Links is the 7th oldest golf club in the world!

The course measures less than 6,000 yard and sports five one-shot holes on the back nine - four of them in the final six holes to finish!

Famous for its boathouse near the first green, the historic Royal Navy training school on the approach to the club is the best-preserved RNAS in the world!

Further Viewing

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Full Course Review

Crail Golfing Society Balcomie Links dates from 1786 when 11 gentlemen established the Crail Golfing Society on the 23rd of February. The club still plays for the Lindesay Medal, dating from 1830, it is one of the oldest medals in golf!  although the current iteration can be attributed to Old Tom Morris from 1895 when he laid out 9 holes. He returned 5 years later in 1900 to lay out the additional 9.

The course makes the most of the shoreline and the holes are quirky - exactly what you would expect from Old Tom Morris from 1900! The design also is known for its bunkers clad with old railway sleepers. Donald Steel wrote that not even North Berwick brings the beach into play than Crail Golfing Society Balcomie Links. The opening holes from 2 through 5 run along the seaside before holes 6 through 13 make use of the inland property. The final stretch from 14 through 18, finishes near the seaside.

Crail Golfing Society has two 18-hole links golf courses which contrast harmoniously. An 18 hole, Old Tom Morris design alongside a modern-day Gil Hanse production is a study in the evolution of golf course design on one location.


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The Essentials

Everything you need to know before you go!