Kingsbarns Golf Links, Kingsbarns, Fife
Founded 2000. Links Course
If there were ever a modern links course likely to break into the Open Championship Rota, then Kingsbarns Golf Links is it. Already accepted as one of the must-play venues in the St Andrews area, Kingsbarns is a great test of links golf in a setting so picturesque it is difficult to imagine. Kingsbarns is located just 6 miles from St Andrews and while golf has been played over this links land since 1793, the golf course itself was designed by Kyle Phillips and Mark Parsinen and did not open for play until 2000. Kingsbarns is one of the three venues that plays annual host to the Dunhill Links Championship and the fact that the other two courses include St Andrews Old Course and Carnoustie Championship Links, you’ll get an idea of what Kingsbarns is about.
Great golf is only part of the story when considering what makes the perfect golf trip. Thankfully, the other essential component parts are all found in abundance in Scotland, not least in the sights to see department. Whether scheduling a day off from golf or filling an afternoon after your morning round, there are many options regardless of which region you are visiting. The below is intended as a very general guide to sightseeing in Scotland.
SCOTLAND – ST ANDREWS & PERTHSHIRE
As part of a golf trip to this region, it is likely that you will stay in or close to St Andrews or Gleneagles. It’s also likely that you will be too busy playing golf to take in anything else but there are always options. Recommendations in St Andrews include the British Golf Museum, St Andrews Castle, St Andrews Cathedral and St Andrews Botanic Gardens, while venturing slightly further afield, the likes of Aberdour Castle and Inchcolm Abbey are also worth a visit.
Other possibilities from either St Andrews or Gleneagles include the many attractions in Perthshire and Stirling. Like the Highlands, Perthshire boasts its fair share of distilleries with two excellent options being the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret Distillery in Crieff and Blair Atholl Distillery in Pitlochry, one of the oldest working distilleries in Scotland. Other locations of interest in Perthshire include Blair Castle, Drummond Castle Gardens near Crieff, Scone Palace in Perth and Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for a time.
Connecting Perthshire with Greater Glasgow, Stirling also offers many attractions, particularly from an historical perspective. The Bannockburn Heritage Centre and impressive Stirling Castle are both must-sees in Stirling, while the National Wallace Monument, through a variety of exhibits and displays tells the story of William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland.