Kingsbarns Golf Links Review

Kingsbarns is one of the most spectacular golf courses in Scotland. It is a thing of rare beauty featuring undulating fairways, deep rough, gorse bushes and some of the most breathtaking scenery you will ever experience. Apparently, Nick Faldo was flown over the land before it was developed and said that he didn't think it was possible to turn it into a golf course. How wrong he was.

It was opened in its current format as recently as 2000 but it looks as if it has been here forever. Kingsbarns measures 7,210 yards and is a par 72. The signature hole is the 606-yard par five 12th. It closely resembles the 18th at Pebble Beach. The hole is a gentle dog leg with the sea to the left. It is a thing of beauty with plenty of humps and hollows and a narrow green that is 70 yards long and slopes from back to front.

It is followed by a 145-yard par three - you play over a valley to an island-style green that is completely surround by bunkers. A lovely hole.

Even better is the par-three 15th that can measure anything from 110 yards to 212 yards. There are trees on the left and the beach runs all the way round the green - hit the ball short or right and it will find a watery grave.

The 18th is a terrific par four, measuring 444 yards. The drive is simple enough but the approach is played to a green that is fronted by a stream and features a huge grassy bank - you cannot afford to come up short here.

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Derek Clements

Author, Derek Clements

Derek Clements is a golf journalist - he has covered many Open Championships and European Tour events, as well as The Masters. Born in Glasgow, he writes for The Sunday Times and Golfshake, and has also written for Today's Golfer, the Daily Mail, Swing by Swing and many other golf websites, magazines and newspapers. He has played golf all over the world and numbers Gleneagles, Kingsbarns and Aldeburgh as his three favourite golf courses in the United Kingdom. He lives in Suffolk, is a member of Waldringfield Golf Club and has a handicap of nine. He had lessons from the late Bob Torrance and has worked with Jean-Jacques Rivet, one of the world's leading golf biomechanists.