Review of Leven Links Golf Course – December 2019 – Findagolfbreak Ambassador – Andrew Johnston
I recently had the pleasure of playing a round of golf at Leven Links. As the name suggests, though, not always, this is a seaside golf course. However, I would put this in a special category, “Pure Links Golf”.
By Pure Links, I mean that every hole is played on proper links sandy fairways, all the bunkers are deep, or pot bunkers, originally designed that way, to stop the sand blowing away, in the usual seaside winds.
The welcome in the Pro Shop was friendly and courteous, and even on a November morning, the course looked in great condition, and the sun was shining.
Leven Links has 3 sets of tees, set at 6551, 6309 and 5775 yards. From the whites it is par 71 with 34 out and 37 back, three par 3s on the front make it relatively short, not easy, and back to back par 5s on 12 and 13 make it tough coming home.
The tee boxes, were well tended, and every one had something I personally love, a great graphical pictorial layout of the hole. For me, this is a must for visiting golfers.
The fairways were great to play from, and I can imagine that in a hot sweltering summer, they will be lovely and brown, and running forever. They wound beautifully through the sand dunes, and the bunkers were strategically placed to catch the errant golfer. Rough was down, obviously for the time of year, but growing slightly in the warmer months, coupled with the dunes and bunkers, means you have to keep it straight. Great layout.
The greens were immaculate, and still running true for the time of year. The greens staff must have some great fun in the height of summer, when I could imagine myself being in danger of putting off the green, if leaving a long downhill putt anywhere on the course.
Leven Links has what has been described by many as the most difficult finishing hole in Scotland, 456 yards of pure links golf, normally into a head wind, with a burn lying in wait just in front of a very inviting green. To a 13 handicap golfer, like me, not a problem, nice tee shot, lay up, easy wedge single putt par. But oh how I wished I could have been 30 yards further off that 18th tee, just to feel the buzz of “ going for it in two”.
The Clubhouse was very welcoming, good friendly staff, great food, and incredible views over the course.
Overall a great golf experience, 18 holes of really enjoyable golf, on a Pure Links golf course, with a great mix of holes.
Leven Links, would be the perfect place to visit for any Golfing Societies out there. Because it is a relatively easy walk, you could play 36 holes here on the long summer days, fit in a nice lunch, and then a high tea. Or ideally, have it as your Grand Finals Day, 18 holes of Championship Links Golf, and drink in the Golf History of this fantastic course.