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Leven Links

Leven Links: The first of its kind and one of the finest finishing holes in golf

Why we’d rather be playing one of the oldest links courses in Scotland

 

As one of the oldest links courses in Scotland, Leven Links is thought to be the very first course in the world to feature 18 tees and 18 separate greens.

From the start of the round the golfer will be conscious of the fairways running along the valleys between these old dunes; it makes for superb definition and a true test of links golf as the slopes and bounces of these natural obstacles come into play throughout the round.

Leven offers the ultimate test of links golf in all its glory. There are blind tee shots, outcrops of spiky gorse and undulating greens. A tricky test of course management awaits and a strong day with the driver from the tee is a must.

History

Whilst golf has been played at Leven since 1820, the game dates back to 1846 on parts of these links with the current configuration coming into being in 1909. One of the very oldest pieces of golfing land anywhere in the world., the links has stood the test of time and continues to host leading amateur and professional tournaments to this day.

But what is most important is the nature of the ground upon which it is built.

Local conditions of winds and tides during prehistoric times, when sea levels were falling combined to produce a series of parallel dune ridges which give Leven Links a truly unique signature.

At the end of it all lies one of the finest finishing holes in golf where two well struck shots are required to reach a target of quite epic proportions.

Now known as “Scoonie”, which prior to 1893 was small and square but is now a large putting surface fronted by the “demonic” Scoonie burn.

This wide natural water hazard has been described in the past as “yellow as Pactolus; as black as Styx, the colour of ketchup and the density of pea soup all accompanied with the smell of Gaol fever”. Not quite as challenging today it will still take two superlatively struck shots to reach the putting surface in regulation.

Where does it rank?

167th in GB&I, 57th in Scotland, 10th in Fife

Where is it?

Leven Links Golf Club sits along the coast of Fife, just over 20 miles due south of Dundee, a short drive off the A915.

Leven Links

For more information about the club and course, visit their website or call them on 01333 421390.

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

  • Register now to play in our 2024 Leven Links event on May 14th 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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