Opened in 2020 and host of the Women’s Scottish Open in 2021, Dumbarnie Links is blessed with an expansive beach and water frontage, and can claim to be one of the true links courses in world golf – of the 34,000 golf courses currently in play around the world, only 246 of them are authentic links courses. Dumbarnie Links aspires to produce a world-class, prestigious daily fee golf course on a site of genuine links land that is only minutes away from St Andrews.
This rare piece of land has a mile and a half of sea frontage with panoramic views over the Firth of Forth, and at first glance has the appearance of the style of the classic links courses. However, the dual elevations which are connected by a flowing escarpment have provided the opportunity to create a number of elevated tees where holes play directly towards panoramic views of the expansive Firth of Forth. A further outstanding feature is that a number of tees and greens are in close proximity to the water – in fact, 14 of the holes have views of the sea.
The design incorporates three potentially driveable par-4s and features several holes that engender ‘risk and reward’, with the layout designed to inspire, rather than intimidate golfers. Comfortable locker rooms provide pre and post round solace before heading to the well appointed bar and restaurant where hearty traditional food will satisfy the largest of appetites.