Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links provides unbelievable views to accent the golf
Kingsbarns Golf Links provides unbelievable views to accent the golf

It opened in 2000 but it has already become world renowned.  The Kingsbarns Golf Links, located in the village of Kingsbarns, just south of St. Andrews, Scotland sets golfers hearts afflutter and threatens to fill up camera memory cards with one breathtaking vista after another.

Jeff and I were both glad that we had finally caught up on sleep (thanks Fairmont St. Andrews) before taking on the hillocks and hummocks of Kingsbarns.

Kingsbarns’ head starter George Lawrence and Marketing Manager Donna Clark got us off to a wonderful start with their greeting and certainly underplayed just what a special test was ahead for us.

I’ll save a lot of the details for the big print story in the Spring but the photo to the right should give a sense of what a magnificent golf course Kingsbarns is.  Also be sure to see the short, raw video below that I cobbled together today.  Just remember that every time I say “Ocean” I am actually referring to the North Sea.  Mark Parsinen and Kyle Phillips, the fertile minds behind the design, should be commended for creating a place that looks like it has been there forever.

After lunch in the Kingsbarns clubhouse (and great service by Mark) we headed back into St. Andrews to finish up our Sunday.  We took some time to visit a couple local shops and then, with the Old Course closed, we walked 18 holes of the layout from 1st tee through 18th green.  We finished in the near dark, just as the town was setting into it’s evening glow.

I have more video from that walk which I plan to post in the near future as soon as it gets edited properly.

And what better day to close a day in St. Andrews but with a stop at the famous Dunvegan Hotel/Pub.  We ate superb steaks and enjoyed a pint of Bellhaven’s Best while owners Sheena and Jack held court and greeted every customer like friends.  We lingered on the meal to have enough time to take in the amazing quantity of memorabilia layed out on the walls (and ceilings).  They include images of every Open Championshiop winner, along with caddies, celebrities, and much, more more.

We spend our last night at the Fairmont St. Andrews tonight and will play their Torrance course in the morning.  That will prove an extra challenge with winds predicted to blow steady at 50 kilometres per hour and gusts to almost 80.

After the round we head to East Lothian, another revered region for great Scottish golf.

To plan your own Ultimate Golf Road Trip visit Ultimate Golf Vacations and Visit Scotland.

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