Kingsbarns Golf Links

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  • Architects:
    • Phillips, Kyle
    • Parsinen, Mark
  • Holes of Merit:
    3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15, 16
  • NCG Rank:
    17/100 in GB&I
  • Rank:
    85/100 in the World


Kingsbarns Golf Links is located in a small village in Fife, Scotland in an area known as East Neuk. The village and golf links lie south of St Andrews and north of Crail. The name literally comes from grain storage barns which were in the locale before being transferred to Falkland Palace & Garden.

Golf was played here since 1793 before the course was ploughed up for farming in 1850. A nine-hole course was re-established in 1922 and laid out by Wille Auchterlonie. During WW2, the course was mined and the course was abandoned and fell into disrepair. In the 1990s the idea of golf at Kingsbarns was again raised...

A modern Scottish links, Kingsbarns Golf Links opened for play in 2001. It was soon apparent, architect Kyle Phillips and Mark Parsinen had created one of the best golf courses in the world.

With sea views from 17 of the 18 tees, the course uses the 1.8 miles of coastline a short distance from St Andrews superbly.

Tom Doak labels the links as perhaps one of the best golf construction projects he has ever seen. The high praise comes from the naturalness of the man-made features and the blending of them with what nature provided.

The course is co-host to the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship along with St Andrews Old and Carnoustie Golf Links.

Kingsbarns Golf Links Reviews

Sean Arble's tour of the course can be found here

Kingsbarns Golf Links Videos

Erik Anders Lang's visit can be viewed here


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