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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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.
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. There 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
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.
22 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
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.
I came back to play another wee winter away day game at Lundin today, some five years after my last visit. This 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.
Why 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.
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.
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
Everything Scottish golf is about. Not a grip it and rip it course. One of our new favorites. My group of nine all loved the layout. Not only a great course but a very welcoming club. If you are looking for a course after Old and Kingsbarns this should be thenext one on your list.
Our group of twelve played Lundin during our St. Andrews stay and were very happy with our choice.The prevailing wind that day, and it was at times a three-club breeze, seemed to leave us fighting it on the longer holes and downwind on the shorter par fours - famine or feast. No matter, we enjoyed our game. Even the parkland-style holes were enjoyable, but when we returned to the sea on number 14 - Perfection - it offered a stunning view and a happy return to the linksland. The course was in fine shape; our caddies were helpful, expert and great company. Very enjoyalbe and the experience whet our appetite to play Leven on our next visit.
Excellent golf course, played for the second time in August 2009, wind was brutal but did not detract from the overall experience. The course condition was immaculate and it was beautifully presented. One minor quibble was the lack of food in the clubhouse afterwards, however I would not hesitate to recommend this course
fantastic golf course,excellent club house,friendly staff.Played it end of may 2008 and the course was immaculate.All the holes are different and make you think rather than just smacking the ball.Caught the course on a day when there was no wind and it was sunny,very unusual i was told by some members.You must play this course. One of the best links courses i have played, i will be back.
This is a cracking course with some absolutely gorgeous holes. The views are beautiful and the holes on the higher ground are magnificent. The 1st and last are perhaps slightly average compared to the others but the rest are class. Extremely enjoyable for a day out and in first class condition in early May.
An exhilarating experience playing Lundin and highly recommended. The first four holes follow the coastline and although there are some turns inland, the Firth of Forth is in view for most of the round. Golf courses that have a sea view seem to have that little extra in my mind and Lundin has plenty of great holes also. The short par-3 5th, is only around 130 yards and should be straight forward but watch out for the burn and six bunkers protecting the green. The run of holes from 12 to 14 is played on higher ground with beautiful views – and pars of 3,5,3 make this little stretch a delight to play (the 14th aptly named ‘Perfection’). The 18th approach is long and uphill, do take more club to get ‘up’ but do not pull the shot slightly left to be OOB and lose your match on the last… ouch!
I cannot believe I wrote in a previous review for this course that Lundin was not punishing if you stray from the fairway - I think I meant in terms of gorse - my God, only the par 3, fifth hole on the front nine and holes 10 to 12 on the back nine do not have an out of bounds to contend with so how wrong could I be (personally finding OOB on the 17th to all but lose my tight, grudge match play game). I fronted up with my mate on a frosty December morning (three and a half years after last playing Lundin) fully expecting to be turned away – not a bit of it! The golfers here are as hardy as their counterparts across the Firth of Forth at Gullane where I last played in such wintry conditions. OK, putting was a bit of a lottery, as you might expect on surfaces that were bone hard and white with frost but the sky was clear and sunny and we were well layered to keep the cold out so nothing could stop us enjoying a round on such a fine course. I’d forgotten lots about Lundin - how tricky the 7th and 8th were with burns running right in front of elevated greens, how thrilling some of the blind drives were at several of the holes on the flatter middle section of the course and how good a hole both “Thorntree” the 10th and “Perfection” the 14th were - the former played semi blind to a tight green surrounded by gorse and the latter played downhill with 150 yards of carry over gorse. The clubhouse has been extensively refurbished to the highest standards and the club even throw in soup and filled rolls as part of their winter package for visiting golfers – fantastic value! James McCann
Visited in Aug 06 and thoroughly enjoyed it. A real mixture of holes and excellent greens. Very friendly staff from the pro to the chef. Clubhouse very comfortable and welcoming. If you are looking for a value warm-up before playing St Andrews, come here.
played here 7th july as part of a jolly boys road trip to St Andrews, played all the courses at St Andrews including the old course and lundin blew them away as an all round package the greens were superb the members were very friendly, some really memorable holes, a top course with a great club house to match!!!!!!!!
Lundin blew me away. The course was in immaculate condition, with excellent greens. The course snakes around, back and forward, up and down, making it a challenge just to navigate correctly. There is a real variation in the style of the holes, with some quite tangly with gorse, thick rough and blind tee shots, while others are in a parkland style, flat and surrounded by trees. On the whole I found it only moderately difficult, making it quite relaxing to play. The sun came out halfway through our round, which made the course even more attractive. A big plus is the clubhouse: very comfortable, with cheap prices, less than £5 for a good feed and a drink.
Played in their May 2003 Open. Very lucky to have a glorious day to play golf - can only imagine how hard it would be with a wind blowing. Not too long and not as punishing as its next door neighbour Leven should you stray from a fairway. Holes in the middle of the round take you away from the coast to higher ground but this does not detract at all from the enjoyment - if anything, it whets the appetite for the closing holes back to the clubhouse. this is a fine example of Scottish links golf where you'll love every minute from arrival to departure. James McCann