Dumbarnie Links, Scotland’s latest world class links golf course, opens to golfers on 29 May 2020. Covid may have delayed its opening and subsequent arrival on the world stage. But it wont be long until golfers from the four corners of the world get the priviledge to play this new masterpiece.
Somehow It seems fitting that Dumbarnie was built on an incredible piece of land overlooking the Firth of Forth directly towards Muirfield where the first 13 rules of golf were written in 1744. This visually stunning pure links golf course, was founded, designed and developed by the highly acclaimed and former Ryder Cup Player Clive Clark. If there was ever a labour of love this was surely it!.
Clark who partnered with Peter Alliss has a portfolio and has won many awards for over 30 courses in Europe and North America.
Located in the Kingdom of Fife. In an area of Scotland already blessed with some of the worlds top links golf courses. This course, which was built on 600 natural sand dunes, is no pretender to the throne and will undoubtedly take its place amongst Scotland’s Crown Jewels.
It is quite astonishing that this magnificent piece of golf real estate remained undeveloped for hundreds of years. This is even more surprising as it is located just 25 minutes from St Andrews which has more links golf courses than anywhere else in the world.
The Dumbarnie Golf Course is part of the Balcarres Estate which spans 5000 acres. This incredible piece of rediscovered land has 1.5 miles miles of beach which fronts many of the holes. The land has been in Lord Balniel’s family for 400 years. Incredibly no less than 14 of the holes on the course have panoramic or sea views of the bay which is similar to the likes of Pebble Beach.
The course is split by an escarpment. This provides the elevation changes that made it possible to create a number of elevated tees from where there are some wonderful panoramic views of the Forth. Expect to have a lot of fun on the 4 holes that play from the top elevation to fairways 50 feet below.
The playability of the course is also remarkable with wide fairways and expansive greens but make no mistake this course is not a walk in the park. You really do need keep your wits about you and think your way around the course. The course has split fairways on the 5th and 13th Holes where you can take a risk by driving into the narrow side of the fairway and get 50 yards closer to the hole. There are also 3 short par 4s which can be drivable depending on weather and tees you are playing.
Quite simply this is a must play course for all golfers who enjoy links golf. The course looks established like it has been there forever. It is visually spectacular and has wonderful views over the Firth of Forth to Scotlands Golf Coast which as the crow flies is only 10 miles away yet takes almost 2 hours to drive. The only noticable thing that is quite different is the pure white sand in the low maintenance Eco bunkers.