crail golfing society, Fife

Balcomie Links 18 holes – 5861 yards
Designed by Old Tom Morris
Craighead Links 18 holes – 6651 yards
Designed by Gil Hanse
Crail, Fife KY10 3XN
Tel  +44(0)1333 450686

With spectacular views – the sea is visible from every hole – Craighead Links achieved fame in the 2001 Guiness Book of Records for the most nationalities playing in an international tournament.This challenging, cliff-top course was designed by world-renowned, golf course architect Gil Hanse to provide golfing aficionados with a true test of their shotmaking skills in a links environment.

Built in the style of a traditional links course – with no trees protecting golf shots from the wind – Craighead provides panoramic views of up to 100 miles, legally protected Sites of Special Scientific Interest flanking the 13th and 14th holes, and a World War I pill box behind the 7th green, all in addition to serious golf.

A combination of stunning coastal views, centuries of history and hugely enjoyable golf is what makes Balcomie Links one of Scotland’s most finely polished, golfing gems.This traditional, classic links course was laid out by the old master himself, Tom Morris, and opened in 1895. Created in the days when course design was governed by the natural lie of the land and not the mechanical earth mover, Balcomie has the unusual combination of three par fives, six par threes and nine par fours, producing a tough par of 69. Extraordinary holes abound, along with those which seriously challenge and those which are more comfortable. The sum total is a layout which both enchants and delights, but which also demands and punishes, testing all the skills in a golfer’s armoury – as well as his nerve. Those length seekers who believe Balcomie will be a soft touch, do so at their peril.