I'm surprised at some of the low rankings for Balcomie. It's definitely not a championship length course, but if I think of fun rounds of golf I've had on a traditional links in a lovely out of the way location I can't think of many that beat Crail. I played again this Spring, and whilst a couple of holes away from the sea are a bit humdrum they are still fun, and the good holes are great. Add in a cave where a Scottish King was reputedly killed by vikings (he wasn't), its being the supposed home of Shivas Irons in "Golf in the Kingdom" (it might have been) and you've got a brilliant place for a game (make a day off it when combined with the Craighead course). Its new-found popularity overseas does mean that it's more pricey than it used to be, but Crail is a special part of the East Neuk.
Date: January 08, 2020