Lundin Golf Club, Fife, Scotland.


Two courses sit side by side on this narrow strip of links land on the Firth of Forth: Lundin and Leven. Little separates them… just a low wall known as ‘Mile Dyke’.>Lundin’s current 18 holes date back to 1909, thanks to the great James Braid (and Old Tom before that).
He created an intriguing mix of links holes and parkland holes, divided by a disused railway line and a short, steep bank. You play links holes first, right next to the sea, and you can expect some blind shots, a burn or two and fabulous greens. The rise to the 1st green is dramatic, as is the tee shot off the 2nd and demonstrate perfectly that you should expect the unexpected.

Inland holes follow, playing below, across and atop the bank that runs parallel to the road. The par three 14th returns you to chaotically blissful links holes, culminating with the 18th which fires up into a narrow chute beneath the clubhouse.

Lundin is not long but it requires a sharp short game – the bunkering sees to that – and plenty of imagination, especially on the shorter par fours. An Open Final Qualifying course.

Did you know? Named ‘Perfection’, the par three 14th connects the high holes to the low holes. From the tee you can marvel at the entire course. It’s a stunning sight.
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