Dumbarnie Golf Links – by Andrew Johnston
“Dumbarnie Golf Links was opened on 29th May 2020, a few months late, during the height of a global pandemic. A new Golf Course, on an already crowded Fife Coast filled with renowned Links. Including The Old Course, Kingsbarns, and Crail, to name but 3, and just along from the ancient Lundin Links.
Was this a good idea? having just played it, you bet it was.
The first thing that strikes you about Dumbarnie, is the sheer size of the site, almost 350 acres of pure Links countryside. The golf course can be played from 5 sets of tees, ranging from 5300yds from the front. To 7600yds from the Championship tees. If, as I believe, The European Tour does come calling in the future, it could be stretched farther.
As we write this mid August, 3 months after opening, the Clubhouse is nearing completion. And what a place this will be. The staff are currently working from a couple of portable cabins. However, their attention to detail is incredible, and so friendly and helpful.
A full driving range, pitching, bunker practice, and putting greens are available to warm up, before you tackle The Links. A short walk from the practice green, is the Starters Hut, where a very knowledgeable Starter will get you on your way. Armed with Course Planner, tees, pencils, and more importantly, the line to take with your opening tee shot.
The Links is a standard Par 72, 36 out and 36 back, with a great mix of holes, four very different, tricky par 3s, four long winding par 5s, and an incredible mix of challenging par4s, with some amazing risk/reward shots for the bigger hitters, (not those who just think they are).
The tee boxes are immaculate, fairways well shaped and cut, and the greens, which are vast and well contoured, are a dream to putt on. If you do stray from the well tended fairways, and are a bit wide, the rough is thick and wispy. Think Carnoustie on a bad day. However, for the average golfer, the fairways are incredibly wide, so you shouldn’t find too much trouble. But then, you have some extremely well positioned bunkers. If you do land in one of the deeper ones, take your medicine. A great point, the sand is consistent in every single bunker on the course, not always the case, even on Links land. Always pay attention to your complimentary Course Planner, there are a few cheeky burns and waste/water areas.
The views around the countryside, and out to the Forth Estuary, are absolutely incredible. On a clear day, (which we didn’t have) from some of the elevated tees, you can see across the estuary to Edinburgh, and that other Golf Coast, East Lothian.
Dumbarnie Links, for such a young course, is incredibly advanced. When playing here, please choose your tees carefully, to enhance your enjoyment. Warning – don’t let your ego get the better of you.
It is not a difficult course to walk, however, there are a few longish walks between greens and the next tee, so, if not 100% fit, again for your enjoyment, book a ride on buggy.
Architect, Clive Clark, has created an incredible golf course layout, Championship standard, meandering through the natural dunes of Balcarres Estate. If you are booking a Golf Holiday with Findagolfbreak.com, to the Fife/Angus area, and you love Links Golf, this beautiful golf Course is a must visit.
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