Leven Links

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At A Glance

Leven Links was the first 18 hole course to have 18 separate tees and greens.

The Standard Life Assurance Company’s Amateur Champion Gold Medal is played for in what is the world's oldest amateur strokeplay event.

In addition, the interclub Lindsay Shield is played for between the members of Leven Links, Carnoustie and St Andrews. The event is over 150 years old!

The club hired its first keeper of the green in 1876!

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Full Course Review

Leven Links is inextricably linked with Lundin Golf Club (Lundin Links). Both victims of their own success the history is as fascinating as it is complex.

Old Leven Golf Club played west of the Mile Dyke on a 9 hole course as far back as 1846. The club merged with Innerleven Golf Club in 1867 forming the Leven Golfing Society. Innerleven had played on the 15 hole Dubbieside Links since 1820! It was here that Allan Robertson and Old Tom Morris first played the gutta-percha ball. With the merger, Leven Golfing Society became the eleventh oldest golf course in the world! It was also in 1867 that the Leven Thistle Golf Club was formed.

In 1868, the links was extended to 18 holes, making use of the land on the other side of the Mile Dyke. The course would remain unchanged until 1909 when the growing number of players prompted a change to the status quo. The Mile Dyke again became the dividing line with Lundin Golf Club. Holes 1, 2 and 3 were retained with the balance being new.


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