April 23rd – Kingsbarns Golf Links

Kingsbarns has been a course we’d heard about many times over the years, so the anticipation was through the roof. The name derives from the area being the location of the barns used to store grain before being transported to the Palace at Falkland. The course is ranked #69 in the GD 2016/17 rankings and will host the 2017 Women’s British Open.  It is only a 10 minute drive from the Fairmont through farms and the small town of Kingsbarns. There’s a fantastic practice facility and the small clubhouse is perched on a hill overlooking the 18th fairway and green right next to a large putting green and the first tee.

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Path from range to first tee/clubhouse

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This building has offices and the starter on the far end. I think it also is where the caddies hang hang out.

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Clubhouse

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Hole 2 “Firth” Par 3 with Carnoustie visible on the far shore across the Firth of Tay.

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Dad with his second birdie of the trip at the 2nd, Firth. We all hit the green but only Dad converted!

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This is the 4th hole “Castle” approach. Named after  a castle that was built on this site by King John of the Scots in 1292 and was in ruins by 1790.

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Driveable par 4 6th

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Picking out my line with a little help from Jay’s caddie

 

 

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Par 3 8th Wee Dunt, or “small bump” which features a two tiers, pin for us was on the lower left.

 

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Chipping at the 8th

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Plaque in the 9th fairway

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Nice walk through the trees to the 9th tee. Some of the only trees we’d see the entire trip. They never come in play though.

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12th tee

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Dad putting at 12 green

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Par 3 13th appropriately called Cliffs. Such a great looking par 3 and a tiny green. if you want to hold it. The bunkers on the right pick up most shots that roll off, but the drop off from there is severe. This was definitely the toughest second shot of the round being down below those right side bunkers…

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Par 3 15th Rocky Ness

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Looking out from 15 tee

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18 green, tough approach over a burn, land short and you roll right in…which I think we all did.

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Took long enough to find us a Belhaven Black, which was a great way to end the day with lunch in the clubhouse. Awesome day at Kingsbarns, a course I can’t wait to play again. I think we would all rank this one near the top of the list when taking into consideration the entire experience, from the caddies and overall hospitality, to the grand views of the water and coastline and everything in between nestled among the gorse bushes.

I remember asking my caddie if the day we had at Kingsbarns was a “once a month” type of day…little to no wind, warm and sunny. He told me no, the day we’d have tomorrow at Carnoustie comes once a month and he said “that’s the only way to play Carn-nasty”

Next up: Carnoustie Golf Links

 

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