Links with History
Links with History in Fife is an affiliation between Ladybank, Scotscraig, Crail and Lundin Links golf clubs. All these clubs share in a great tradition of golf dating back to the 18th or 19th centuries in all cases. They also share in being of superb quality which will offer a great golfing experience to those who visit Fife to play golf.
Links with History offers a unique booking arrangement that allows easy access to the four courses at a discounted rate. Golfers may choose to book either 2 or 3 or 4 rounds when making a booking. Each round booked would be played at a different club.
Scotscraig Golf Club (www.scotscraig-golfclub.co.uk)
Scotscraig has been used as a host for final qualifying for the Open when it is held at St. Andrews (10 Miles to the South) and this is well deserved as it offers fine links golf with smooth fast greens. Despite its proximity to the sea the course is far more parkland in nature with its rolling fairways and trees.
The Club was founded in 1817 as a 6-hole course, and after meager beginnings was extended to 18 in 1905. In 1923 James Braid was called upon to further improve it and since then the course has developed into the fine links which exists today.
The links contains many memorable holes, not least the par 4 fourth which, although not long, provides a formidable approach shot in over heather to a plateau green which can prove a very elusive target.
Crail Golfing Society (www.crailgolfingsociety.co.uk)
Crail is the 7th oldest golf club in the world. It was founded in 1786 by 11 local members. Its original home was a short distance from where it presently resides at Balcomie Golf Links, which Old Tom Morris chose for one of his finest creations. The club has an interesting history including being used by the military during the Second World War. But since those times the club has prospered and become an outstanding golf course (Especially now an extra 18 hole championship course has been added to complement the Balcomie).
The course is situated 11 miles South of St. Andrews and although its not particularly long it is a truly beautiful venue with superb sea views. The course is always found in immaculate condition and boasts some of the quickest greens about in the summer.
This classic links provides holes with real character which makes it such a joy to play. For example the 5th (aptly named "Hell's Hole") offers a tempting shortcut across the shoreline, which must usually be taken if you wish to reach this 459 yard hole in 2. The course has a tough finish including back-to-back par 3's which linger long in the memory. But no matter how well you fared it will be remembered as a stunning golfing experience to be savoured.
Lundin Links Golf Club (www.lundingolfclub.co.uk)
Lundin Golf Club was founded in 1868. The land that the links lies on was originally shared with the neighbouring Leven Club. However in 1908 extra ground was made available and work began on James Braid's new setup, which is the course we play today.
Lundin is a course well renowned for its quality, and like Ladybank and Scotscraig has been used as a final qualifying course numerous times. It also hosts annually the 72 hole East of Scotland Amateur Strokeplay Championship, which the club was the prime mover in establishing.
Lundin is located just east of Kirkcaldy and within easy access of both Edinburgh or St. Andrews and when you arrive you are in for a treat. The course measures 6394 yards and is best described as a mix of links and parkland, predominantly the former. There is a disused railway line which runs through the course and remains a very threatening out of bounds area at a number of holes. One of the most memorable holes is the aptly named 14th ('Perfection'). At 175 yards it is a super par 3, and from the tee you can see the clubhouse, and every green and tee on the course. It looks over the Firth of Forth and the hills to the east of Edinburgh. The hole then drops down to the level of the rest of the course making clubbing very important. The course is a thorough (and enjoyable) test of your golfing ability, and is a treat to play.
Location of the courses are shown below