Kingsbarns Golf Links #15Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns Golf Links
Fife KY16 8QD

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1334 460860, 1 (800) 441-1391
Fax: +44 (0) 1334 460877

A scant six miles down the coast from the most revered links golf course in the world, the Old Course at St. Andrews, lies a golf course many believe will one day dominate the links landscape: Kingsbarns Golf Links. Despite the fact that the layout is still in its infancy, having just opened in July of 2000, Kingsbarns has been heralded as the last great links property available for development in Scotland, as the end-all of Scottish links golf. In its first two years in existence, Kingsbarns was named Best New International Course (2000) by Golf Digest, 46th Best Course in the World (2002) by Golf Magazine, and served as co-host of the Inaugural Dunhill Links Championship (2001, along with The Old Course and Carnoustie). -- Kiel Christianson

Kingsbarns Golf Links
5 stars out of 5 (based on 5 reviews)
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Kingsbarns Golf Links #15A view of the 5th green at Kingsbarns Golf LinksA view of hole #3 at Kingsbarns Golf LinksNo. 12 at Kingsbarns Golf Links ( Photo by Kiel Christianson )

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Kyle Phillips
  • Public/Private: Public
  • Year opened: 2000
  • Golf Season: April - October
  • Guest Policy: Welcomed
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways:
  • Greens:


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes, for medical reasons only

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: £234
  • Weekends: £234

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire.
  • Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Championship/Black 72 7227 yd. 141 75.6
Medal/White 72 6807 yd. 138 73.4
Regular/Green 72 6351 yd. 132 71.1
Championship Ladies/Blue 72 6086 yd. 130 69.9
Ladies/Red 72 5238 yd. 126 70.7

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
    5 stars out of 5
    by Andy M
    on October 02nd, 2014 08:17
    There has obviously been a lot of thought put into the Kingsbarns experience, and it delivers on all fronts. Starting with the golf course, our group of 8 (handicaps ranging from 2 to 18) all loved it. It is a 'big links', with each hole feeling like an amphitheater. I would describe the design as a modern links, with elements of traditional links (e.g. running the ball along contours into greens), along with modern elements such as playing high into layup areas and into some greens. The variety of hole designs is really enjoyable, from reachable par 4s to short and long par 3s, 4s and 5s. You can stand on the tee and make a plan each and every time, and there is a reasonable amount of room out there for shots that go awry, so it is very playable but tough to make par if you do get out of position. When a local asked us to compare it to St Andrews Castle course, just along the coast, absolutely no comparison. The Castle course is an example of how not to create a modern links, which makes Kingsbarns that much better, Oh, and the clubhouse, range, service and staff were also first class. Fantastic experience!
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
    5 stars out of 5
    by StevenAK
    on March 05th, 2012 12:30
    A beautiful drive from St. Andrews and a beautiful course as I drove in. Mist in the AM giving way to sun, some light rain, then more sun and a light breeze. Course was in great condition. Every hold had an amazing view. Fish n chips with beer after the first round. Great service, amazing views, great golf. The best day of golf I have ever had.
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Keith A.
    on July 25th, 2011 09:44
    So good I returned to play a second time on my recent trip. Can't say enough about how good this course is ... great (and scenic) layout, challenging but fair, excellent caddies, well conditioned, and great service from the minute you arrive. This is what all golf courses should strive to achieve.
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
    5 stars out of 5
    by dick dekker
    on October 20th, 2010 04:23
    Absolut fantastic golf course! regards dic dekker golf professional holland.
  • Kingsbarns Golf Links
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by john brain
    on November 21st, 2008 07:23
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