A New Gem in the Kingdom of Fife
The new Dumbarnie Links course 11 miles south of St Andrews opened for play on 29 May 2020. Designed by golf course architect and former Ryder Cup player Clive Clark, the course is built upon land that is part of the Balcarres Estate. It features unobstructed views over the Firth of Forth and towards Muirfield, North Berwick and Edinburgh
The name of ‘Dumbarnie’ actually originates in Perthshire (by Bridge of Earn) although the original’s name has since morphed into Dunbarney. Back around 1700, a John Craigie, who was Professor of Philosophy at St Andrew’s University, bought the southern part of the Lahill estate east of Kirkton of Largo (once known as Halhill) and named it ‘Dumbarnie’ after his family’s Perthshire estate.
At first glance, Dumbarnie Links may have the appearance of the style of the classic links courses where The Open Championship has been played since 1860. However, the extensive 345-acre site at Dumbarnie is particularly special. Its dual elevations, which are connected by a flowing escarpment, have provided the opportunity to create a number of elevated tees where holes play directly towards panoramic views of the expansive Firth of Forth. A further outstanding feature is that a number of tees and greens are in close proximity to the water. In fact, fourteen of the holes have views of the Bay and the Firth of Forth. The design incorporates three potentially driveable Par-4s and features several holes that engender ‘risk and reward’. This course is designed to inspire rather than intimidate golfers. Total yardage for the golf course varies from 5,300 to 6,900 yards.
Dumbarnie has received rave reviews since opening and we highly recommend including these links in any St Andrews Golf Tour