Lundin, Scotland
 
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Lundin Golf Club
Golf Road
Lundin Links
Fife
KY8 6BA
Scotland
ArchitectJames Braid
Head Professional/Director of GolfDavid Webster
Telephone+44 (0)1333 320202
LocationOn A915 N of Kircaldy
Websites Golf Club Website
VisitorsContact in advance - limited Sat and Sun
Club Secretary/ ManagerAlistair Macdonald

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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 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.

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.

 
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The opening four holes run along the sea and are lovely old fashioned links holes. The 4th is by far the most difficult being a par of 455 yards with a burn in front of the green. The much photographed 5th is a charming little par three of just 141 yards. There is a burn short and left, gorse if you are too far right and the green has bunkers all around except for front left.

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.
07 April 2015 See other reviews from this reviewer
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I nipped through to Lundin this morning to take up the club’s seasonal offer of a round on normal fairways and greens followed by a bowl of soup and a hot roll for all of thirty quid. For a course that’s just been placed at number Lundin Golf Course - Photo by reviewer73 in a national golf magazine's inaugural Top 100 GB&I Links chart, that represents fantastic value for me. As ever, Lundin didn’t disappoint in any shape or form. Granted, the opening and closing four holes (which were part of the original course) are a cut above the more inland holes on the other side of the disused railway line (where the Lundin Ladies course used to be). Nonetheless, I think the amalgamation of links with links-like terrain really works, despite anything the links police… sorry, purists might tell you. Yes, it may be the middle of winter but I’m pleased to report that it’s very much business as normal in the golfing heartlands of Fife. Jim McCann.
18 December 2014 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Visited Lundin GC in mid-June and played in very benign weather conditions. This is a great fun course that is also in excellent condition. The older opening and closing holes are probably the best though there are no really weak holes. I am not a fan of sharply uphill holes so didn’t really like the short 12th but accept that it is a matter of personal taste. I particularly liked the 16th which is a short Par 4 and a good test of nerve off the tee and the 18th which is a fine finishing hole. Views of the sea are fabulous, particularly from the higher holes. This was my first visit and certainly will not be my last.
24 June 2013 See other reviews from this reviewer
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In a strange quirk of fate my golfing year ended where it began eleven months ago with a round at the wonderful Lundin Links and for the princely sum of £25 with lunch included. Lundin Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThere is not much I can add to the other reviews but to reiterate much of what Richard Smith says in his review below mine that from the first drive to the last putt you will have played on a challenging but fun golf course with a selection of par 4’s 1, 4 and 18 and par 3’s, 5, 12 and 14 (aptly named perfection), as good as anything that you will play in Scotland I would also like to congratulate Mr Smith of having the foresight of taking his American chums to the likes of Lundin . Message to you boys across the Pond. There is so much more to Scottish golf than the Old Course, Muirfield, Troon etc. I fully understand why they are on your itinerary. But by passing by the Lundin’s, Brora’s and Golspie’s of this world you are missing out on tartan treats the likes of which makes this little part of the world so special. MPPJ
18 December 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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BGD19 December 2012
Perhaps it is just the good sense of those of us who visit from the States and happen to live in Knoxville. I too brought a group to Lundin (my review is dated Sept. 24, 2009, below)and twelve us played and very much enjoyed our day at Lundin. Perhaps more of us are playing some of the lesser known, but extraordinary, courses than one might think. Our group returns in June, and while we are playing Royal Dornoch and Castle Stuart and the Old Course (miraculously, via the advance reservation system), we are also playing Brora, Golspie, Nairn, the New Course and Elie. I concur: there is great pleasure to be had playing some of the lesser known (to some of us)courses in Scotland.
Richard Smith22 December 2012
Thanks for your kind words. If you were in a church worship service in our part of the country we would respond "Amen Brother!" As you say the famous open courses are certainly worthy of their accolades, but for shear joy and fun I don't know how you can top places like Elie, Cruden Bay, Western Gailes, Nairn, Moray Old, among many others. On my to do list includes Brora, Golspie and Tain since I had a limited time when I went up North. I'm 54 now but hopefully my health will hold up for more trips to my favorite place in the world to play golf.
What a fun golf course to play. I took a group of 8 golfers to Scotland this summer, and I could only convince one other player to take in Lundin in the morning before our afternoon tee time at the Old Course in St. Andrews. We had a blast. Playing in 3 hours, 10 minutes time we had the opportunity to experience a fun yet challenging links course that embodies all that I enjoy about playing links golf in the UK. The club is friendly and unassuming, and the members are genuinely glad to welcome you to their club. The course itself has a wonderful variety of par 4's. 1 and 18 are probably the two best par 4's, both of which are formidable challenges. Yet there is the driveable 16th and several other shorter holes that offer an infinite variety of strategic choices off the tee and into the green. The course conditions were excellent, and both of us enjoyed our day here. We completely embarrassed ourselves by somehow mistaking the 11th green for the 9th, but the mistake allowed me to reply a skulled wedge and replace it with a great approach to the real 9th green and a birdie. The members were quite understanding. All in all this is a wonderful course and if you are in Fife this course and Elie should be on your "to play" list. Thanks to the club for a great round. Richard Smith Knoxville, Tennessee USA
16 August 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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I played Lundin Links during dicey weather conditions (cold, rain, wind) in April 2012 and still came away with an extremely favorable impression of this classic old layout. The course offered wonderful variety throughout and fantastic views from the elevated holes on the back nine. A number of memorable and challenging holes and few if any weak holes that I recall. Despite the relatively short "card" yardage, the weather conditions (and my game?) made Lundin seem like a full-sized test of golf. Greens and bunkers were in great shape and the fairway provided an excellent hitting surface. The clubhouse and pro shop staffs were very welcoming. I would strongly recommend that visiting golfers from the U.S. look past the "prestige" layouts (Old Course, Turnberry, Muirfield, Troon, etc.) and give a fair shake to the literally dozens of high quality links courses which abound in Scotland, especially within 75 miles of Edinburgh on the east coast (where courses literally run almost in series up and down the coast). Not to imply by any means that visitors shouldn't play the Open rota courses, but Scottish golf does not begin and end with these classics.
16 April 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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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.
10 January 2012 See other reviews from this reviewer
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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.
14 September 2011 See other reviews from this reviewer
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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.
20 September 2010 See other reviews from this reviewer
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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
28 June 2010 See other reviews from this reviewer
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