Four of the greatest golf courses in Scotland's Kingdom of Fife
Crail Golfing Sociey
The clubhouse and two 18-hole courses occupy the easternmost tip of the East Neuk of Fife. The postition is fabulous, overlooking the Firth of Forth, Firth of Tay and the often grumpy North Sea. This, the world's seventh oldest golf club, was formed in 1786. Balcomie Links was first used in 1895 by Tom Morris who decided that 'there is not a better course in Scotland'. High praise indeed.
Scotscraig Golf Club
Situated ten miles north of St Andrews in the village of Tayport and established in 1817 at a time when there were only twelve other golf courses in existence. The present course was laid out by James Braid in the 1920s and is an interesting mix of links and parkland. Some say the 4th is one of Fife's most testing holes.
Lundin Golf Club
Founded in 1868 playing over land described then as 'benty, tussocky and ripe with whin'. Originally the links from Lundin to Leven between the old railway line and the Firth of Forth were shared between the golfers from the Leven Clubs and Lundin Golf Club. Each of the clubs started from their respective ends until 1908 when James Braid came to plan a new course. Lundin Golf Club is a participant in the final qualifying stages of the Open prior to its staging at St Andrews.
Ladybank Golf Club
In the sheltered Howe of Fife with the Lomond Hills to the south west, the course is one of Sotland's inland tracts consisting of heathland avenues delineated by Scots Pine, Silver Birch and heather. The standard of presentation is exceptional. Red squirrels live in the trees and golfers find it a peaceful place to play without distraction. Ladybank is another venue for final qualifying rounds before the Open.
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