Kingsbarns – About
A 15-20 minute drive from St Andrews you will find Kingsbarns Golf links. Opened in 2000, Kingsbarns is a beautiful links course stretching along the coast line. You will be greeted by a very welcoming staff and the clubhouse is very nice. You will find all the practice facilities you need. A practice green and a driving range. Kingsbarns is also a co-host to the annual Alfred Dunhill Links along with Carnoustie and the Old Course.
Kingsbarns – Greenfee
Regular Visitor Green Fees:
28 March – 30 April 2020: £260
Replay round within 7 days: £130
1 May – 8 Nov 2020: £312
Replay round within 7 days: £156
Kingsbarns – The Course
Starting off with a par 4. Aim for the left side to avoid the bunkers and open up the green. A soft start if you don’t struggle with first tee nerves. Hole no. 2 is a par 3 hole. Not the longest, but the wind could be an issue. Avoid the right side, three bunkers guard the right side. Again the left side should be favored on this first par 5 hole. The trouble is when you are approaching the green. A long bunker on the right will catch many balls. If you hit your approach to long, you might find your ball (or not) in the bush. On the 4th hole, long hitters might carry the deep bunker on the left. If not a safer line is up the right. There are no bunkers in front of the green, so you could run the ball in. A par 4 awaits on the next, a dogleg right where you again should favour the left side of the tee. There is a mound in front of the green wich you must carry.
Kingsbarns – Beauty awaits
On the 6th hole you can choose to hit a iron of the tee or go for the green. A risk and reward par 4. Watch out for the water hazard behind the green. The front nine is finished by a par 4, a par 3 and a par 5 towards the clubhouse. The par 3, 8th is a short par 3 within a beautiful setting. The ocean is visible behind the green and with a message that it is more to come. Starting the back nine is two par 4’s before heading over to number 12. This is my favorite hole on the course. A par 5 along the shore. Favour the right side as the ball will feed towards the center from there. On a clear day you will see the clubhouse at Crail in the distance. 13 and 14 is a par 3 and a par 4 heading back. On the 14th there are a few deep pot bunkers to avoid in the fairway. The par 3, 15th is Kingsbarns signature hole. A beautiful par 3 with the green stretching towards the ocean. Take a minute and enjoy the view.
Kingsbarns – The finishing stretch
Heading over to the 16th, a par 5 with the ocean on the right. The wind could play a huge part on this hole, as on many others. The right side is the most aggressive line, but the left is the safer route. As you are approaching the green, bunkers are strategically placed on the left side. The 17th – From the course guide: ” This strong par 4 should be started on the left fairway bunker to feed down into the centre. All the bunkers on the right are simply “back into play shots. Approach: The approach plays uphill to a 3 tier green so take plenty of club. The green is deeper than it appears”. The 18th hole is a though finishing hole. The par 4 there is a burn crossing in front of the green, which makes the carry much more difficult. You could choose to lay up, but the fairway slopes down towards the water hazard. The 18th hole is alongside the beautiful clubhous. A nice finish to a stunning golf course.
Kingsbarns – Would I play it again?
Based on my experience with the hospitality, course layout and condition. Yes, I would definitely play it again. The problem is, the green fee is reaching what I would call ridiculous. It is been a few years since we played it and I believe we payed around £160. Now it is more than £300 during high season. but who knows? Maybe I will play it again.
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