Why we would rather be playing this beautiful Scottish Links

A layout possessing significant charm and superb conditioning, Lundin Links offers players the impression of being scorable, even if it usually isn’t. The course lures you into a false sense of security with its views, superb greens, and array of so-called birdie opportunities.

The course mostly runs along the coastline, but much like the first three holes at nearby Elie, and quite probably due to land constraints, has two holes running up and along a hill, with a short hole eventually dropping players back down to the flatter linksland that makes up the majority of the course.

Overall, Lundin’s layout works very well, and although some may question the parkland-style uphill par-3 11th and par-5 12th in comparison to the rest of the course, these holes do sprinkle more variety in a layout that is already packed with the stuff.

History

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.

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. Very few modifications have since been made to Braid’s 1909 design.

What makes it special

Lundin’s course has a bit of everything: burns, blind drives, out-of-bounds, a nimiety of bunkers, the ever-present wind and truly excellent greens.

There are spectacular views across Largo Bay from the elevated 14th tee. James Braid called this hole “Perfection” – and for good reason.

Those who play Lundin Links for the first time will likely have a very eventful round, but are sure to enjoy every second of it. No two rounds are ever the same.

Where does it rank?

117th in GB&I, 11th in Fife

Where is it?

Lundin is located 10 miles south of St Andrews and lies in between the villages of Lundin Links and Lower Largo.

Get in touch with Lundin Links

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01333 320202.

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