Would you play at the Scottish Dumbarnie Links?

By: May 15, 2019

Probably, I will not tell you anything new when I say that in the Kingdom of Fife there are at least 51 golf clubs.

I had to realize that in this part of Scotland there are 17 links courses:

  1. Kinghorn Golf Course,
  2. Elie House Golf Course,
  3. Elie Sports Club Golf Club,
  4. Crail – Balcomie Golf Club,
  5. Crail – Craighead Golf Club,
  6. Anstruther Golf Club,
  7. Kingsbarns Golf Links,
  8. Leven Links Golf Club,
  9. Scotscraig Golf Club,
  10. Lundin Golf Club,
  11. St. Andrews Links, Balgove Golf Club,
  12. St. Andrews Links, Castle Course,
  13. St. Andrews Links, Eden Golf Club,
  14. St. Andrews Links, Jubilee Golf Club,
  15. St. Andrews Links, New Golf Club,
  16. St. Andrews Links, Strathtyrum Golf Club,
  17. Torrance, Fairmont St. Andrews.

I thought to highlight this because the new golf course in the Kingdom of Fife, the Dumbarnie Links is a links course.

Dumbarnie Links golf course in Fife, Scotland

Dumbarnie Links is located on the East Coast of Scotland in the East Neuk of Fife, nine miles south of St Andrews on A915.

Dumbarnie Links is on the north shore of the Firth of Forth across from Muirfield, North Berwick, and Edinburgh. The nearest links course to Dumbarnie Links is The Golf House Club, Elie (6,273 yards).

The Dumbarnie Links is going to be a high-end public golf course exclusively for daily fee play. Clive Clark is the designer of the golf course.

It was interesting to find that Clive Clark worked with Peter Alliss in their highly successful golf course design business in the UK from 1988 to 1993. He currently has 35 courses in his portfolio.

Dumbarnie Links & the golf course

The golf course sits along 1.5 miles of beachfront with a unique topography that climbs from the water’s edge to a high point of 80 feet above sea level.

This provides panoramic water views from 14 holes on what is classified as genuine links land.

The spacious 345-acre golf course property is part of the larger 5,000-acre Balcarres Estate owned and occupied by Anthony Lindsay, Lord Balniel, and family for more than 400 years.

Dumbarnie Links green on right with hills

Dumbarnie Links will be a true links course, along the coastal strip of land on sandy soil. It will have firm and fast fescue (with bentgrass combination) playing surfaces with distinctive knolls, knobs and traditional pot bunkers, among others.

The tee boxes and walking trails: ryegrass/fescue combination.

Other important course information:

  • 18 holes, par 72,
  • Black: 6,898 yards,
  • Blue: 6,372 yards,
  • Yellow: 5,885 yards,
  • White: 5,334 yards,
  • “Pro” tees at 7,612 solely for special professional/scratch golf tournaments.

The golf course is in the grow-in stage and set to open ahead of schedule in the late spring of 2020. The green fees will be between $200-$300 U.S.

Dumbarnie Links Routing Plan

The clubhouse at Dumbarnie Links combines Old World country with modern chic. The 6,100-square-foot clubhouse – designed by Glasgow-based G1 Architects – is scheduled for completion mid-March 2020 (just like the golf course itself).

The G1 Architects other clubhouses as well:

The Dumbarnie Links will be managed by OB Sports Golf Management (acquired by Troon in April 2019). Caddie services will be available too.