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Golf Australia Express : Issue2
Described as being so natural you’d think it had been there for years, Kingsbarns Golf Links—a links youngster at only 11—has been turning heads. In fact, Golf Magazine in the US ranked it the best European course in its list of the 50 Greatest Courses of the Last 50 Years. And it’s easy to see why. Stretching along one and a half miles of Fife coastline and within just six miles of esteemed neighbour St Andrews, Kingsbarns offers a true links golf challenge: rippling fairways, humps and hollows, Scottish heather and wispy rough. But it’s also a course set in scenery that will take your breath away. You might even call it breathtaking. It’s a combination attracting hoards of golfers from all corners of the globe. One of the many delights of Kingsbarns are views of the North Sea from virtually every part of the course. According to golf historian Bobby Burnet, golf and Kingsbarns crossed paths in a previous life. Dating back to the 1790s, a nine-hole course once played over part of the current layout. Though fearing Kingsbarns was at risk of invasion, the land was commandeered by the military at the outbreak of the Second World War. More recently the land was used as agricultural ground. Today it is bracketed alongside the greatest courses in the world. KINGSBARNS GOLF LINKS SCOTLAND