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Kingsbarns Golf Course is the most recent addition to Fife’s golf coast, and has quickly developed a reputation as one of the finest links courses in Scotland. Being a modern golf course, "the new kid on the block" in St. Andrews golf, Kingsbarns is a course with wider, easier-to-identify landing zones than its older neighbors. The challenge here though is in the greens, which feature a variety of subtle slopes, ridges, tiers and false fronts.
Played around the rocky shores of St. Andrews Bay, the 15th hole is gaining a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest par 3s. The 15th is a 185 yard par 3 that can’t help but be compared to Cypress Point’s glorious 16th. It is certainly one of the most beautiful holes in Fife, which can derail a good ride anytime. Depending on the pin location and the wind, it can be every bit as difficult. The hole is laid out with the North Sea to its right. Except for the extreme left, there is no fairway, rather, the tee shot must carry over water and rocks.
Designed by the famous American golf architect Kyle Phillips, the Kingsbarns course was opened in 2000. Though it’s a new course, its origins date back to 1793, course literature notes the founding of a Kingsbarns Golfing Society in the late 18th century. The immaculate course has impressive fairways and a healthy mix of holes. They range from a long par 5 twelfth along the North Sea with the wind blowing in to the par 3 fifteenth dangerously close to water. Each hole of the course is not only a different one to play it also has a dramatically different backdrop.
"For the middle-aged golf addict like myself, this is like dying and going to golfing heaven. It’s impossible to say which of the three courses is the best but Kingsbarns is probably the prettiest." Hugh Grant
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