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.
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.
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 it was recently awarded "Clubhouse of the Year" by Golf Monthly magazine. Click here for the full story.
Six, seven and eight are short par fours and are real birdie opportunities. However, they are all well bunkered and a burn is in play with your second shot on the 7th and 8th holes. The 9th is a par five and is easily the longest hole on the course at 555 yards. The front nine does not play long and, provided you are driving straight, is the easier of the two.
The 12th is a par three of only 149 yards but it is up a steep hill making club selection very confusing. The 13th is another unusual hole that is on a plateau above the rest of the course and near the main highway. If you drive left you are in trouble with the fairway sloping that way and if you go right then you are either in thick trees or out of bounds over the roadside fence.
The last four holes, part of the original layout, are all par fours. The 15th and 18th are reasonably long with the 16th and 17th very tight driving holes. Into a strong wind, the burn can be in play on these two holes. The 18th is rated index 1 but I would rate it as the most difficult. The fairway is very narrow with a road on the left. Out of bounds lies just a few yards left of the green. I suspect many a good score has come to ruin here.
This review is an edited extract from Another Journey through the Links, which has been reproduced with David Worley’s kind permission. The author has exclusively rated for us every Scottish course featured in his book. Another Journey through the Links is available for Australian buyers via www.golfbooks.com.au and through Amazon for buyers from other countries.