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Ladybank: A wonderfully tranquil experience in the heart of Fife

Ladybank: A tranquil experience in Fife

Why we would rather be playing this unique Scottish heathland course

 

A heathland course in Scotland seems to be a rarity nowadays, but Ladybank Golf Club makes up for this with its own unique flavour.

Tree lined and free draining, the course often behaves similar to that you would expect of a typical links course.

Nevertheless, it is a course to tease into submission rather than overpower; if you stray off the mainly flat fairways, expect to be punished for your sins. The greens are compact and your approach shot requires precision to find the usually pristine putting surfaces.

Ladybank provides valuable wildlife habitat for a range of flora and fauna; red squirrels, in decline in the UK, are resident in the swathes of Scots pines. Their larger brethren, the grey squirrel, can be found in the broad-leaved species of beech tree in the avenue leading to the clubhouse.

History

Ladybank Golf Club was established in 1879, starting as a 6-hole course designed by Old Tom Morris. That was turned into a 9-hole course in 1910, with a further nine being designed and constructed in the 1950s to turn Ladybank into an 18-hole layout.

It has hosted Local Final Qualifying for the Open Championship on seven occasions since 1978 and offers a wonderfully tranquil experience.

What makes Ladybank Golf Club special?

Considering what the area is like for golf, Fife is mainly known its links courses, but Ladybank stands out from the rest.

The uniqueness of the Club being a heathland course amongst the many nearby links courses in this part of Scotland is delightfully surprising.

Where does it rank?

141st in GB&I, 42nd in Scotland, 8th in Fife

Where is it?

Ladybank Golf Club sits just off the A92, which runs between Dundee and the Scottish capital city of Edinburgh. Placed between the North Annsmuir Woods and the South Annsmuir Woods, it is the perfect environment for a heathland track.

Get in touch with Ladybank Golf Club

Ladybank Golf Club

For more information about the club and course, visit its website or call them on 01337 830814.

You can play Ladybank on the NCG Top 100s Tour this year!

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Ladybank event on May 16th here.

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Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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