Crail Balcomie Links







Crail Balcomie Links


One of Scotland’s finest golfing gems, the Crail Balcomie Links is an absolute joy to play. Home to the Crail Golfing Society, which was formed in 1786 and is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, several centuries of golf have been played over the beautiful rolling fairways of this historic and characterful links.

Located 12 miles from St Andrews on the easternmost tip of the Kingdom of Fife, Crail Balcomie’s current layout was laid out in 1895 by master course designer and four-time Open Champion, Old Tom Morris (who also shaped St Andrews’ Old Course and Jubilee). Originally a nine-hole course, it was extended to 18 in 1900.

Course Rankings

World’s Top 100: –
Britain’s Top 100: –
Scotland’s Top 100: 67

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Crail Balcomie Links

One of the joys of playing this old links is the unique features of each hole. From the opening drive to the final putt, the course is full of surprises. Natural hollows, a 1,200-year-old Viking wall, shared greens and bunker faces clad in old railway sleepers make the Balcomie Links a truly remarkable place to play golf.

Balcomie has the unusual combination of three par fives, six par threes and nine par fours, for a challenging par of 69. But par and yardages count for little when the wind whips up. With some of the prettiest shoreline holes you are ever likely to encounter, the name of the game at Balcomie is to simply have fun and enjoy it!