Ladybank | NCG Top 100s: Scotland

Ladybank Golf Club is one of Scotland’s finest inland courses, and very different to the links layouts that you will find with most entries on the NCG Top 100s: Scotland list.  
Within an hour of some of the United Kingdom’s finest golf courses, Ladybank was founded in the 1870s, and will soon celebrate its 150th anniversary. 
The course, which plays in two loops of nine and winds its way through large tree-lined fairways, was originally designed by Old Tom Morris and has now hosted Final Qualifying for the Open Championship on seven occasions, along with hosting the same for the Senior Open twice.  
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A Brief History of Ladybank

Ladybank has a wonderful history, which dates all the way back to 1879. Old Tom Morris was the man behind the design of the original 6-hole course.  
1910 saw the design of a 9-hole layout, with a further nine holes being designed and constructed in the late 1950s. These were incorporated into the layout to make it into an 18-hole layout.  
1978 saw Ladybank host Final Qualifying for the Open Championship for the first time. It has since gone on to host a total of seven times in its history.  
The Scottish Open Amateur Seniors Championship, the British Boys Championship and the Ladies British Amateur Championship have all visited Ladybank in recent years as well.  

Ladybank Review | NCG Top 100s: Scotland

As an inland course, Ladybank provides something different to the majority of layouts that you will find on the NCG Top 100s: Scotland list. This heathland offering runs among trees and gives the feel of a Sunningdale or Walton Heath. The Par 71 course runs to more than 6,800 yards from the tips, and offers golfers with a beautiful challenge, and is played in two loops of nine, much like most links courses. 
The opening may only be 375 yards, but the green presents a great challenge. Bunkers on three sides lie in wait of anything errant. At 545 yards from the back, the 2nd is the first par 5 at Ladybank. Only the longest and straightest hitters will have a chance of going for the green in two, with anything missing the fairway meaning it will take at least three to get home. The 3rd is a dog-leg right par 4, with the 4th being the first short hole on the course. It is only 165 yards to the middle from the back tee, but the green is shallow, and has two bunkers in front.  
5 is the easiest hole on the front nine, but a bunker at 230 yards from the back tee makes it a tricky decision. Do you lay up short of it or try and bomb a drive past it? The 6th is somewhat similar, but the bunker is at 270 yards, while the 7th is another par 5 of more than 540 yards. After the par 3 8th, the front nine closes with the hardest hole on the property. It is only 400 yards, but a gully in front of the green makes the approach shot that much more difficult. 
10 and 12 are the par 3s on the back nine, with the latter being the longest of the four at Ladybank. The 12th comes in at 200 yards from the back tees, and is played to a long, narrow green. A par on 12 is a very good score. Meanwhile, the 10th is the easiest (by stroke index) at the venue. The 13th is the final par 5 on the property, and measures in at 528 yards. If you can clear the bunker on the left side of the fairway, then there is a chance that you can go for the green with your second shot.  
Ladybank closes with five par 4s, the first of which is the hardest hole on the back nine. 15 is a dog-leg right, while the 16th turns the other way, and you will certainly think about cutting the corner. The penultimate hole has the widest fairway on the course, but there is a row of trees in the fairway that must be avoided. The closer at Ladybank is another of more than 400 yards, but there is a generous fairway to find. The green is 45 yards long, but it is pretty flat, compared to some you will have encountered throughout the round.  

FAQs about Ladybank

Where is Ladybank located?  
Ladybank Golf Club is located on the eastern side of Scotland, but it remains an inland course. It sits just off the A92, which runs between Dunfermline and Aberdeen. It is in a glorious location for golf, with the likes of St Andrews, Kingsbarns, Leven Links, Lundin Links and Elie all within a 45-minute drive. 
Thanks to being within an hour from the Scottish capital, the closest airport to Ladybank is also the busiest and biggest in the country. It is just shy of 40 miles to the north of Edinburgh Airport. The town of Ladybank also has its own train station, which is just a two-mile drive from the venue. Trains run from Edinburgh up to both Perth and Dundee, with services operating regularly throughout the day.  

What golf facilities does Ladybank offer?
There is a great practice facility at the southern side of the property. There is a short game area with a chipping green and two practice bunkers, along with a putting green by the clubhouse. The driving range is long and played off grass tees, allowing golfers to get a feel for the turf before taking the course.

What are the green fees at Ladybank?  
The price of a green fee at Ladybank changes throughout the year, depending on the season. It is also different depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend. 
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