Leven Links GCLeven Links Golf Club

Leven Links Golf Club
Leven, Scotland KY8 3HS

Phone(s): +44 (0) 1333 428859, +44 (0) 1333 421390
Fax: +44 (0) 1333 428859
Website: www.leven-links.com

Leven Links in Fife, Scotland, tracks its history back to 1846, making it one of the oldest golf courses around. The beginnings of the course are sketchy, but it's known that it was extended to 18 holes in 1868 and that until 1876, the course was maintained by players and their families. The original Leven Links layout was retained until 1909 when a division at the Mile Dyke with Lundin Links extended the eastern section.

The golf course is 6,506 yards from the championship tees and a par 71. It plays long in the first four holes, all par 4s of varying length (No. 1 is 416 yards, No. 4 is 450), but it's much more up and down as you end the front nine.

No. 5 is the first par 3, a 163-yard hole. The wind is a constant hindrance at Leven Links, with No. 5 being no exception. If it's not a factor, a three iron or a wedge should get you on the green. No. 6 is the longest hole on the course, a 569-yard par 5. It's also the only hole over 500 yards. You should aim for the bunker, because the out of bounds attracts balls. You'll finish the front nine off with another par 3, the third of the round so far, a 171 yarder. It's arguably the easiest of the par threes.

No. 11 is a 368-yard par 4. It might go against your instincts, but you're better served by slicing your drive, as the green is guarded by three bunkers that are difficult to get out of. No. 12 and 13 are back-to-back par 5s. You'll want to avoid the burn at the back on No. 12, while the wind is a factor on 13.

The golf course ends with a splash. No. 18 has been called one of the finest finishing holes in golf. The 456-yard par 4 is made harder by the appearance at the front of the green of the Scoonie Burn. Get it on the green in two, and you'll be the envy of many.

Visitors are welcome at Leven Links Monday to Friday after 9:30 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday after 10:30 a.m. Visitors should be members of recognized golf clubs or societies and affiliated to a Golfing Union. Handicap certificates may be requested.

Location: On main Kirkcaldy to St Andrews road. 10 miles east of Kirkcaldy on Leven Promenade.

Leven Links Golf Club
4 stars out of 5 (based on 4 reviews)
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A view of the bunkers at Leven Links Golf Club

Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Old Tom Morris
  • Year opened: 1846
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  • Guest Policy: Welcomed
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  • Driving range: Yes
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  • Rental carts: Yes

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Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed:
  • Dress code: Football/rugby type shirts and shorts, sleeveless vests, collarless tee shirts or track suits are not allowed, Golf shoes must be worn.
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Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Length Slope Rating
Champ/Blue 71 6506 yd. 135 72.2
Mens/Yellow 69 6250 yd. 137 71
Ladies/Red 73 5775 yd. 0 0

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • Leven Links Golf Club
    4.5 stars out of 5
    by Millhouse
    on March 26th, 2010 07:15
    I have played this course and would have to agree with both the "Mad Dog" & "Duff Man"

    Well worth a visit and the setting is second to none, starting on the first hole to the last this course just gets better and better.

    I am not the biggest guy in the planet so reaching the 18th hole in 2 blows is not on for me, but it has to be one of the best closing hole in golf.

    visiting Leven has to be finished off by dropping into the "Orehead Cafe" just along the seafront and my tip is chips egg & bacon.

  • Leven Links Golf Club
    5 stars out of 5
    by Duff Man
    on March 26th, 2010 07:00
    Oh Yeah

    This is a great course & I have to agree with the Mad Dog well worth playing, a real test of golf.

    Have played the course plenty of times "Oh Yeah" but each time you play it you just get hooked and need to come back.

    The last hole is a real test and even if you have not played well you still have a great hole to finish with and a par on this hole makes it all worth while, mind you have have been in the bowling ground a few times "Oh Yeah"
  • Leven Links Golf Club
    2.5 stars out of 5
    by Martin "The Dog" Clarke
    on March 08th, 2010 06:21
    Hi Guys

    Me again, I played Leven Links last week with my old friend Spider and Wee Dodger.

    The course was in good condition for the time of year and it was on full greens which was great as a lot other courses were on winter greens. I would now after playing this course a couple of times consider joining as it is a pleasure to play on a true Links Course.

    We topped the day of by visiting the Orehead Chip Shop after our round and it's fair to say the food was bloody good.
  • Leven Links Golf Club
    4 stars out of 5
    by Big Dog (M Clarke)
    on January 13th, 2010 07:07
    Leven Links

    What a great course and a real test of golf for any golfer. A few of my mates are members and I have had the pleasure to have joined them on more than a few occasions at this truly wonderful course.

    From the moment you stand on the first tee you get a true feeling of what real links golf is all about, you need every shot in the bag to feed your way round this course. It has everything you would expect from a true links course and runs along the coast line with sights and sounds from the white horses racing in from the sea.

    The best hole has to be the 18th a long par 4 at about 450 yards into the wind, hit a great drive and you still feel you need to lay up short as you are faced with the scoonie burn to cross if you intend to reach the green and that is by no means an easy task even for players like myself.

    This is a must play course and it's fair to say you will not be disappointed.
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