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Balcomie Links

Balcomie Links
Antal hål 18
Adress KY10 3XN  Crail,  Scotland
Hemsida crailgolfingsociety.co.uk
Email info@crailgolfingsociety.co.uk
Telefon Reception +44 (0) 1333 450686

East Neuk of Fife is one of the world’s greatest places to play golf. Crail Golfing Society, founded in 1786, has two courses. The oldest of the two is Balcomie Links, designed by Old Tom Morris. Apparently he was quite proud of the design, as he’s been quoted as saying, “There is not better in Scotland.”

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Balcomie Links har en 18-hålsbana.

Balcomie Links - 18 hålsbanan

The layout is relatively short, exposed to the wind, sometimes quirky and very, very fun.

At only 5359m from the white tees, it plays as a par 69 for men from the back, par 67 from the yellows and par 72 for ladies from the reds. The course features classic links golf right next to the sea, and with some unique holes it brings together a sense of whimsy and playfulness with a love of the spectacular nature of the Scottish coastline. If you look seaward during your round, you might even get a glimpse of seals or dolphins.

You can play Balcomie five days in a row and never feel like you’ve played the same game – the weather and the wind will throw new challenges at you around every turn. It starts with an ‘easy’ and short downhill par four, where the big hitters can almost drive the green. If your approach is too long it will run into the small burn behind the green.

The next holes are all along the shoreline. Anything that tails right risks heading out into the North Sea. The 4th and the 5th holes look similar, daring you to cut off some distance over the beach – but the 5th (Hell’s Hole) is a few notches up in difficulty, a 409 meter long par four.

Another interesting couple of holes are the two par three’s by the clubhouse, the 13th, heading up the hill, and the 14th going steeply down again. The 13th is one of the most memorable par three’s you’ll ever play. It is up, up, up and quite long, at 196m from the back. If you’re short you might end up in the steep embankment. A driver is too much. Good luck. For ladies, the hole is a par four, and the strategy from the reds is usually to lay up on the left side of the embankment.

The 14th is the most photographed hole on the course, as the green lies down below, next to the shore, protected by a couple of deep bunkers in front and more on the sides. With the boathouse in the background, it makes for a stunning shot.

After the 14th, there’s a little walk past an outcrop to get to the stretch of coastline with the last four holes. There are two par three’s, the 16th and the 18th (another unusual design feature to end on a par three). The 16th is 148m from the back, but steeply uphill. The final hole is 187m at its longest, with a sea of whin between you and the green. Par is a fine achievement.

Balcomie Links - 18 hålsbanan

Antal hål 18
Greenfee Vardagar: £40 to £80, depending on season, Helg:
Karaktär Links
Spelklar Ca. 1850
Ritad av Tom Morris (1895)
Tee
Par
Längd
CR/Slope
Vit (Herr)
69
5861 yds
69.7/122
Gul (Herr)
67
5402 yds
67.6/118
Röd (Dam)
72
5207 yds
70

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