Lundin was the first links played on a golf trip during The Open week and was a pleasure to play the Old Tom Morris/James Braid design. The 6,371 yard par 71 links was in excellent condition and has 13 par fours with a nice mix of challenging long and short holes. Five of the holes were over 420 yards while the other 8 were less than 367 yards. The views along the Firth of Forth are excellent and Lundin was a good selection as the opening course on our trip.
The first 4 holes are all par fours that in classic Scottish tradition go away from the clubhouse along the Firth of Forth. On this day the breeze was in our face and the 420 yard first hole and 455 yard fourth hole were excellent tests. The second and third holes are only 345 and 331 yards but have many well placed bunkers and a burn on the second hole makes club selection on the tee shot critical. The 141 yard par 3 fifth is the last the old holes on the front nine where accuracy is key as the green is protected by 7 bunkers. The 331 yard par 4 sixth starts the stretch of the 9 new holes and goes back toward the clubhouse. This hole played relatively easy as it was downwind but beware of going to the right as it is out of bounds. The par 4 seventh is only 272 yards but club selection on the tee shot is again critical as a ditch protects the front of the green. The 367 yard par 4 eighth has a stream that goes across the fairway about 270-290 yards from the tee and is shorter on the right side of the fairway. The 555 par 5 ninth again goes away from the clubhouse and played long on this day against the breeze.
The 352 yard par 4 tenth runs parallel to the eleventh hole and the fairway ends about 270 yards from the tee. Hitting to the right on the tee shot is better than going to the left as the 11th fairway is to the right. The 464 yard par 4 eleventh is the longest par 4 on the course and played downwind on this day which made the hole play much shorter than the distance. The uphill 149 yard par 3 12th is a picturesque hole that is protected by 7 bunkers. When you get to the green there are fabulous views of the course and the Firth of Forth. The 499 yard par 5 thirteenth is at a high point on the course and again has fabulous views. The second shot must be accurate as large pine trees are on both sides of the fairway. You go downhill at the 177 yard par 3 14th and it plays much shorter than the distance with the green protected by 6 bunkers. The last four holes are the old holes and go back toward the clubhouse. The 420 yard par 4 fifteenth hole is challenging with a blind second shot. The short 311 yard par 4 sixteenth was drivable on this day but keeping the drive a little to the right of the green is ok. The 343 yard par 4 seventeenth is a nice little hole that favors a drive down the right side. The round finishes with the challenging 439 yard par 4 eighteenth hole with a long 44 yard narrow green and out of bounds just to the left of the green.
The Lundin Golf Club was a pleasure to play and would highly recommend it to any golfer that enjoys a classic links. Click below to see a You Tube slideshow of some pictures I took during my visit. Jim Brady
Date: August 18, 2016