Lundin - Fife - Scotland

Lundin Golf Club,
Golf Road,
Lundin Links,
Fife,
KY8 6BA,
Scotland


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Lundin is located 10 miles south of St Andrews in an historical area known as the East Neuk of Fife. The course lies between the villages of Lundin Links and Lower Largo. In the centre of Lower Largo stands a statue of Alexander Selkirk, who was born in the village but later left for a life at sea. Following a quarrel with the ship's captain, Selkirk was put ashore on the deserted island of Juan Fernandez where he remained marooned for four years. This was the real Robinson Crusoe, immortalised by Daniel Defoe in his famous novel.

Brad Faxon – USGA Tour Pro: “I'll always have a special place in my heart for Lundin Links”

Lundin Golf Club was founded in 1868 and in those days, the 18-hole Tom Morris out-and-back course, now called the Old, was shared with Leven. The Lundin clubhouse is sited at the east edge of the links and the Leven clubhouse at the west end. Play started at each clubhouse.

As golf grew in popularity, the arrangement became untenable and in 1909, the course was divided in half. Each club took nine holes on its side of Mile Dyke and then each acquired new land to the north of the railway line. It was at this point that Lundin needed James Braid's assistance to design the new holes and to incorporate the existing holes into a new layout. Very few modifications have since been made to Braid's 1909 design. Lucky Lundin and Leven Links members still contest an annual competition over the original Old course.

Today's Lundin course has a bit of everything: burns, blind drives, out-of-bounds, a nimiety of bunkers (many of which are deep and punishing), the ever-present wind and truly excellent greens. There are also many memorable holes on this relatively short, 6,394-yard par 71 layout, most notably the 2nd,3rd and 4th, which play close to the beach. There are spectacular views across Largo Bay from the elevated 14th tee. James Braid called this hole "Perfection" and we thoroughly agree – it's a cracking par three.

Lundin's short par four 16th ("Trows") was Leven's original 7th hole. A copy of this hole was incorporated into C.B. Macdonald's National Golf Links of America. The NGLA's 17th, known as "Leven", has become one of the numerous "template" holes that can be seen across several Macdonald/Raynor designs in North America.

Make no mistake, Lundin is a challenging course, which belies its relatively meagre yardage. British Open Final Qualifying is held here when the Open is at St Andrews and the East of Scotland Amateur Championship is also hosted annually at Lundin. There are many fine courses in Fife and this is no exception. There's a delightful spirit around Lundin and the green fees are excellent value too. We thoroughly recommend a visit, which we guarantee you won't forget or regret. Finally, the Lundin Clubhouse is rather good too, in fact, in 2007, it was awarded "Clubhouse of the Year". Click here for the full story.

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Description: Lundin Golf Club has a bit of everything: burns, blind drives, out-of-bounds, a nimiety of bunkers (many of which are deep and punishing), the ever-present wind and truly excellent greens. Rating: 7.5 out of 10 Reviews: 39
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Jim McCann

I came back to play another wee winter away day game at Lundin today, some five years after my last visit. Lundin Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThis course really epitomises all that’s good about Scottish links golf -- even if the holes from 9 to 13 have a slightly unlinks-like feel to them -- and it does you good to remind yourself from time to time that this is what the game is all about with blind tee shots, forced carries over acres of gorse, raised greens that sit behind burns, cunningly-positioned pot bunkers on fairways and around greens, out of bounds aplenty and putting surfaces right out of the top drawer.

It’s not too long either (only five of the thirteen par fours on the card play more than 355 yards from the gents regular tees) so it’s certainly not a slog round Lundin. Far from it; it’s an absolute pleasure.

Jim McCann.

January 10, 2012
8 / 10
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Matthew Adams
Lundin Golf Course - Photo by reviewerWhy can’t more courses be like this? A wonderful links with numerous burns, blind marker post drives, deep bunkers, and a couple of shared fairways including the bonkers 10th & 11th combo. The views from the 14th are excellent showing you how the course crams so much into a small parcel of land. The course gives you so many strategic options including the smart choice of not taking on the out of bounds on the 18th: next time I might choose the smart play. I would certainly love to go back. A golfing treat.
September 13, 2011
8 / 10
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Petter Claesson
We played the course on September 16 and it was a great day with 1-2 clubs of wind. The staff and the course were both very enjoyable. Good condition in general and good greens. I learnt the hard way to be aware of the Out of Bounds on the path that goes straight through the course.
September 20, 2010
8 / 10
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Dan Hare
After many years of reading about it, I finally got to play Lundin Links June 2010. A beautiful sunny mid week was £60 each and excellent value. Warm welcome, a brisk game of golf and extremely quick and true greens. The transition between the old and new 9's has a slight dislocation, but the holes blend nicely with two downhill par 3's very close to each other and in opposite directions. The par 3 up the hill and par 5 across the top are great, with excellent views of the whole course and across to North Berwick after the par 5. As noted by many reviewers, an excellent finish but I felt the start was just as strong. A more conditioned, and in our opinion marginally superior, companion piece to its more traditional neighbour Leven Links, great fun but bring your good putter ! Would love to return, the true test. dan
June 28, 2010
8 / 10
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kcbritton
Everything Scottish golf is about. Not a grip it and rip it course. One of our new favorites. My group of nine all loved the layout. Not only a great course but a very welcoming club. If you are looking for a course after Old and Kingsbarns this should be thenext one on your list.
June 23, 2010
8 / 10
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B.G. Donaldson
Our group of twelve played Lundin during our St. Andrews stay and were very happy with our choice.The prevailing wind that day, and it was at times a three-club breeze, seemed to leave us fighting it on the longer holes and downwind on the shorter par fours - famine or feast. No matter, we enjoyed our game. Even the parkland-style holes were enjoyable, but when we returned to the sea on number 14 - Perfection - it offered a stunning view and a happy return to the linksland. The course was in fine shape; our caddies were helpful, expert and great company. Very enjoyalbe and the experience whet our appetite to play Leven on our next visit.
September 23, 2009
8 / 10
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finlay munro
Excellent golf course, played for the second time in August 2009, wind was brutal but did not detract from the overall experience. The course condition was immaculate and it was beautifully presented. One minor quibble was the lack of food in the clubhouse afterwards, however I would not hesitate to recommend this course
August 19, 2009
8 / 10
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Shaun
Very pleasant course which was in excellent condition in late May 2008. Too many short par 4’s with rather a weak finish, however well worth a visit.
July 27, 2008
4 / 10
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graham cunningham
fantastic golf course,excellent club house,friendly staff.Played it end of may 2008 and the course was immaculate.All the holes are different and make you think rather than just smacking the ball.Caught the course on a day when there was no wind and it was sunny,very unusual i was told by some members.You must play this course. One of the best links courses i have played, i will be back.
June 01, 2008
10 / 10
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W
A lovely course. One or two holes are a big short and squeezed in, but the place is well worth a visit.
April 15, 2008
6 / 10
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