Craighead Links was famed American Gil Hanse's first solo design in Europe, and is a contemporary take on traditional links golf courses. Higher handicappers will love the vast scale on all the holes, making a majority of them feel very benign (difficult to lose balls on most holes), while lower handicappers will love the strategic element to all the holes. Summed up quic…
Crail Golfing Society's Balcomie Links is exactly the type of place you should visit on Scotland trip to get a feel of "real" Scottish golf. The old, part-Old Tom Morris design is simple, but challenging. There's nothing particularly tricked up about the course, but but very good bunkering and the wind makes the course a surprisingly stern challenge. The greens are excell…
Dopo aver giocato al Balcomie sei mesi fa ho ritrovato una perfetta giornata di sole e vento sul Craighead. Meno scenografico ma lungo e difficile. Grandi spazi a disposizione ma attenzione a scegliere la via giusta e col vento non sempre è facile. Giocate se potete entrambi i percorsi.
Centuries of golf has been played over these beautiful old links; long before the days of formal rules, mechanised mowers and metal cups. Much of the course as it is enjoyed today was laid out in 1895 by the master himself, Old Tom Morris. Balcomie is one of Scotland's golfing gems, it's a must-play course for members and visitors alike. Much of the course as it is played today was down to the masterful eye of a true legend of the game, Old Tom Morris. Open Champion, father of Young Tom, and "Grandfather of Golf", Old Tom laid out the first 9 holes in 1895 and extended the course to 18 holes in 1900. Crail Golfing Society and the Balcomie Links is just a small part the landscape and history of the East Neuk. The old lifeboat shed of 1884 still stands today and is a proud landmark across the course. The first hole of Balcomie is named after it.
It is no accident that members play Craighead as much as our old course. The course is a very different challenge to the links of Balcomie, but no less memorable. Gil Hanse, the acclaimed American architect designed the course to be at one with the clifftop environment and ancient medieval walls. At full-length Craighead Links has hosted national and international championships. From expertly placed tee boxes, golfers of all levels play spectacular holes surrounded by breathtaking coastal views.